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Taking Rhododendron Cuttings

Updated November 21, 2016

Rhododendron cuttings are used to grow new rhododendron plants. If the cuttings aren't taken properly, however, no new growth will result. Taking rhododendron cuttings is a delicate procedure which must be done correctly to avoid damaging the existing plant and to promote healthy growth for the new one. Once the technique has been mastered, it may be used to create new rhododendron plants almost anywhere.

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  1. Pick the rhododendron you want to duplicate. Choose a healthy plant which shows no signs of sickness. Check the colour of the flowers to be sure they are to your liking before taking cuttings.

  2. Locate the north side of the plant and look at the bottom half of the rhododendron.

  3. Find a long, slender growth with at least one leaf bud on it. Leaf buds are somewhat smaller than flower buds. The growth should be naturally growing upright.

  4. Check the colour of the rhododendron shoot, which should be a pale green.

  5. Bend the rhododendron shoot at a 90-degree angle to check its moisture content. The shoot should bend with ease to become a suitable cutting. If the shoot breaks, find another.

  6. Cut the growth at the base with garden clippers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers

About the Author

K. C. Morgan is a professional freelance writer, with articles and blog posts appearing on dozens of sites. During her years of writing professionally, K. C. has covered a wide range of topics. She has interviewed experts in several fields, including celebrated psychoanalyst Frances Cohen Praver, PhD; television personality and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig; and entrepreneur Todd Reed.

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