Propagating Leafbud Cuttings


This method is often used to propagate Camellias and some varieties of cactus.

The technique is similar to taking eye cuttings, except that they are taken when the plant is in leaf, and the leaf is left on to give nourishment during the rooting process.

A leaf bud Cutting consists of a single leaf attached to a piece of stem taken from a semi-hardwood stem (1) in mid to late summer.

The bud, located where the leaf stalk joins the stem (leaf node) will give rise to a new shoot.

Each bud should be in total contact with the compost and approximately 12mm (½") below the surface (4).

A soil temperature of around 16°C (60°F) and a minimum air temperature of 4°C (40°F) is ideal.

1) Select Cutting
2) Cut off leaf
3) Severed Leaf
4) Insert Leaf into Compost

Do not let the compost dry out, regular spraying (misting) with either fresh water or a fungicide mixture will prevent dehydration.

Cactus and Succulents:

This is a suitable method for propagating Schlumbergera (Christmas / Easter Cactus)

The drying period will cause the cut edges to callous.

This will prevent the absorption of excessive amounts of moisture that could result in rotting.

Depending upon species and size, this drying process should take 2-7 days .

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