After I bought my little Sand Hill bush, I started to make cuttings.
|My Brand New Sand Hill Cherry Bush|
|Cut just below a fat leaf bud and place in a|
pint jar of water to keep from drying out while
you cut more stems. You will retrim and clean later.
|Using your thumb and fingernail, just nip off the leaves close|
to the stem but just before the leaf bud. This is the area where
new roots will form. Nip all but a couple of leaves at the top.
|Here are shown to equally good Rooting Hormones.|
|Dampen the stem near the cutting end|
|Dip the damp end (with a bud) into the powder and shake the|
excess powder off. You are then ready to place it into the
Sprouting Chamber that I will show you how to make next.
How to Build Your Own Sprouting Chamber
If you can, find one of the Smaller coffee cans and one Large coffee can. Metal is good.
|Smaller Coffee Can|
|Drill a few holes in the bottom about 3/8's inch.|
|Coat it inside and out with a good outdoor paint like Rustoliam.|
|I like to use separate colors for each can but it|
doesn't matter what colors you us. This keeps
the cans from rusting.
|Small Can Finished|
| Add Course Sand to the small Can. A piece of window screen|
should be added to the bottom to the bottom of the cann to avoid
loosing sand out the bottom.
|An Ordinary #2 pencil will come in handy next.|
|Poke a hole in the sand about 2 inches or so deep.|
|Keep the cuttings damp for this next procedure.|
|Stick the cut end into Rooting Hormone. Shake off the excess.|
|Set the Cutting end into the hole you just poked in|
the damp sand. Press the sand down gently around
the new cutting, and proceed to the next Cutting.