Holly Cuttings: [Concept, Time, Rooting and Sowing]

What does it mean to plant by cuttings?

Planting or propagation by cuttings consists of the use of a piece, fragment or part of a plant to achieve the reproduction of the plant.

It is impossible to offer precise, universal and static guidelines for planting or multiplication using cuttings, each species requires its specific procedure.

The technique of propagation by cuttings is considered very simple, but involves the interrelation of complex genetic, physiological, environmental and temporal factors. 

This method of propagation is highly recommended by some horticulturists so that, under optimal environmental conditions, it generates a new plant .

And it is the favorite planting procedure of horticulturists and amateurs because it is a simple and easy method to carry out that allows the obtaining of a large number of plants in a relatively short time.

The cuttings can be fragments of the herbaceous type, obtained from perennial plants; of wood soft woody plant, semi – hard wood, hardwood; foliar cuttings that come from the leaves and root cuttings.

What is the best time to plant holly cuttings?

The best time to reproduce and multiply holly cuttings is mid-spring or early summer to help them root better. Holly is a plant that will be strong and healthy during the winter time because it likes the cold a lot.

How to get holly cuttings to root properly?

To get holly cuttings to root properly, they must be subjected to a treatment based on rooting agents.

Rooting holly cuttings is very simple with the use of a substrate made of cactus soil rich in clay stones that will nourish the new roots.

It is also convenient to place compost so that the root can grow faster, both in the substrate and diluted in the water from the first irrigation that is made to the holly cuttings .

In woody cuttings such as holly it is recommended to use liquid hormones because the powder degrades more easily than the liquid

How should we take the holly cuttings to plant them?

For their propagation, holly cuttings must be taken from a healthy mother plant with good phytosanitary conditions.

Cut at the bottom of the knot or bud of the holly plant, about 10 to 15 cm and proceed to eliminate the lower leaves by cutting without touching the stem, leaving only 2 or three pairs of leaves on the upper part. 

In the case of holly, the cutting can be cut with a small scissors that will not harm the plant. 

The use of gardening tools that are clean and disinfected is necessary to avoid mistreating or damaging the holly plant or cutting.

How long should we leave holly cuttings in water?

The holly cutting should not be placed in water, but once the piece or fragment of the mother plant is selected and cut, it should be planted.

Is it convenient to use compost or compost?

It is very important to use fertilizer or compost in the sowing and multiplication of holly, since in this way it can be guaranteed that the new plant is born healthy and robust.

The soil or substrate for planting the holly cuttings must be rich in nutrients, very loose and moist.

The compost for the holly must be rich in iron and dissolved in water so that once the sowing is done, it can be watered with that solution. The substrate can be based on loose soil, which can be black soil , with equal parts cactus soil and with them make a mixture that, when watering it, is very compact. 

The pot for planting holly must have a good drainage system, placing stones as the base of the substrate so that the water does not stagnate or the root of the cutting rot.

It is recommended that once the holly is planted it be placed in the coldest place, in a place with light, but never direct sun. In order to prepare the soil, substrate or compost for the sowing of the holly cuttings, the use of gloves is recommended to guarantee the cleanliness and health of the plant and the gardener.

How long does it usually take for a holly cutting to come out?

With holly you have to be patient, since it can take between 2 or three years for it to begin to develop and produce new shoots.

Therefore , the time necessary for a holly cuttings to grow, stick or reproduce will depend on the chemical, physiological and climatic conditions of the planting.

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