Re: Snowball Bush

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Posted by Newt on April 16, 2003 at 18:41:43:

In Reply to: Snowball Bush posted by Mary on April 16, 2003 at 06:11:01:

: I have been trying for several years to propogate a
: snowball bush. My grandmother said to take one of the
: snowballs (still on the bush (lower branches) and plant
: it in a bucket of soil and it will root.
: No such luck.
: Anyone have any other ideas?
: This snowball bush is the old type. My grandmother had
: one like it in her yard 50 years ago. They are hard to
: find nowadays.
: The snowball bush is flowering, so will have to do it
: soon.
: Thanks


Hi Mary,

Here's several sites that show how to propagate shrubs. I would think that taking cuttings when in bloom is not a good time. There is something called semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings. You might also be able to get a new one to grow by lowering a branch to the ground, cover part of it with a little mound of dirt and place a rock on top to hold it down. You should have a new plant next year.

http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06970.htm
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/greenhouse/ornamentals/prop.html
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG108

Good luck,
Newt

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