trying to start an english ivy bonsai. advice?

johnydogwoodOctober 22, 2011

I'm new to bonsai. Right now I'm in the research phase...trying to learn the theory, etc. However, my rental has some really old English ivy growing on trees outside. I thought it could be great pruning practice.

Is it hard to root old growth ivy? What is the best method? Right now I have 2 cuttings. One was dipped root hormone and planted in potting soil. The other is just soaking in water (I sprinkled a little root hormone in the water. Is this okay?). Here is a picture:

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wizzard419

I've not seen ivy old enough to have woody sections, but I would imagine it's like rooting any other woody cutting, just make sure it's humdity is high enough and it doesn't hurt to wound the cutting in the area that is supposed to take root.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2011 at 11:58PM
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johnydogwood

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 7:53PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If I were you, I would be thinking 'air-layer' come next spring. The ivy comes with preformed root primordia or even adventitious roots, & will air layer very easily.

Al

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 2:41PM
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