Suitable for a Queen!
When Elizabeth, the Queen Mom, died, a large spray of camellias from her individual garden was put on top of her coffin, symbolizing the love she had for this wonderful plant. As a matter of truth, she grew them in all of her gardens, so it was certainly fitting to position one near her when she died.
If you have a camellia shrub that you want to “clone,” this article will reveal you how to do it.
These Are the Things You Will Need.
A healthy camellia bush that you would like to replicate.
Really sharp, sterile cutting instrument (clippers, knife).
Rooting hormonal agent.
Heating pad (optional).
Spray bottle filled with water for misting.
When I initially saw a camellia shrub, I didn’t understand what it was, and went to a nursery, looking at every plant they had in an effort to find out what it was … you know, without acting dumb and resorting to “asking” someone. The reason I was so curious about the shrub is that it was definitely stunning, even with no flowers on it. I immediately started checking out everything I could on the plant, particularly how to duplicate the beautiful one that was growing in our yard!
Here’s what I found:.
Camellias are very sluggish to grow, so the cloning approach described in this post may not be your cup of tea. You’ll wish to get an extremely sharp cutting instrument (I utilize sharp, sterile clippers, however I think a knife or scissors would work simply fine). Make your cut from brand-new growth only (summer season is finest) and the cutting only needs to be about three or 4 inches long, just below a leaf and a few nodes. (I taper the cut at the bottom in order to give the plant more space from which to root.) Then, cut off all the leaves on the bottom half of the cutting, leaving just a couple of at the extremely top.
The factor you take the cuttings from brand-new development is that they will root a lot easier, and because this plant is a sluggish grower anyway, I constantly feel the requirement to do whatever I can do to speed things up a bit.
Gather a Lot of Cuttings.
Once you have your desired variety of cuttings (cut numerous, in case some do not root), dip each one in a rooting hormone and place every one in a really little peat pot. I like to use a mix of perlite, peat moss, Miracle Gro potting soil, and sometimes a little bit of sand if I have it. If you wish to put a number of cuttings in one big container, that’s alright too. Just ensure you plant them about two inches deep and leave about 2 to 3 inches of space between them.
Your cuttings needs some leaf existence to continue photosynthesis, but camellia leaves tend to get in my method, so I cut off about two-thirds of each one. This will likewise keep the cutting from becoming dehydrated, as the whole leaf will not be hogging all the wetness.
Now, learn the distinction in between the words wet and wet, because your camellia leaves that you have actually left at the top of the cutting would enjoy for you to keep them moist. I do this by using a spray bottle and misting them quite often. In one regard, they are like children … they DON’T like to be damp!!! I have actually been known to place some type of waterproof cover on top of a heating pad, then put camellia plants on top of it (don’t do this with a child). They like a great deal of bottom heat, so I like to oblige them.
Finally, when the cutting is trimmed, dipped, potted, misted, watered gently and placed on a heating pad, put a plastic cover over the top to keep in wetness. Next, wait for indications of life, and lastly, transplant to your yard when the plant is huge enough to no longer need hand-holding.
What Is Perlite?
The little balls you find in your potting soil that appear like little bits of Styrofoam are in fact perlite. Perlite has a high water material that is formed by the hydration of obsidian and is a non-organic additive used to aerate the media. It takes place naturally and has an uncommon property; it broadens significantly when heated adequately, as it is an amorphous volcanic glass. When heated to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit it will pop very much like popcorn and broaden to a number of times its original size, which results in an extremely light-weight material.
Tips and Cautions.
Do use a rooting hormone.
Do mist them often, but do not keep them damp.
Once you transplant your shrub to your yard, keep the soil around the plant extremely acidic.
Make sure, if you use a heating pad for bottom heat to turn it on the most affordable possible setting, and to entirely cover it with something water resistant, so when there is drainage of water you will not get electrocuted, which is a quite frightening idea if you think of it.