Planting Using Azalea Clippings

Here's yet another great bonsai tutorial from In our attempt to bonsai different types of plants we have chosen Azalea cuttings for our next project. Here we explain the steps we used to take trimmings from a parent plant and make clones.




You'll need:

  • Shape scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Clean water
  • Parent plant
  • Small pots
  • Tupperware
  • Dish soap

Prepare your pot with soil (use something with good drainage meant for starting seeds or nursery plants). Wash pots thoroughly and fill almost to the top loosely with soil. Do this 2-3 days ahead of time and water well to make sure the soil is moist but not soaked. Also water your parent plant well. I used an Azalea from home depot ($7.00) but a bush or shrub from a garden will work too.

Make sure to wash and dry your scissors, tupperware, and knife so that everything is sterile. Take cuttings from parent plant early in the morning when the plant is moister. Pick your cuttings carefully from branches towards the middle/top of the plants. Experiment with different size cuttings.




Prune your cuttings. Trim off any flowers and large leaves or cut large leaves in half. Leave very few leaves on your cuttings and remove any new growth sprouts. Using the x-acto knife scrape the bark from the bottom of the stem about an inch or less if cuttings are very small.





Push your cutting into the soil and press down slightly with the soil around them to make sure there's not too much air. Water well avoiding the leaves and then let is drain very well.





Place the pot in the tupperware and close it. Leave the tupperware in bright light without being in the direct sunlight or under grow lights. For the 1st few days open the tupperware and let in some air to make sure the soil is not too wet. We want moisture but too much will cause mold and rotting. Better to be a little on the dry side than too wet. Keep an eye on them. Once the moisture is right you won't need to open the tupperware again most likely, but check on a weekly basis and if the soil is too dry mist lightly and reseal. Most likely the cuttings will take a few weeks to a couple months to root well. If the moisture is right they can live in this tupperware for months and months without any special care. Now we just wait and see.


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