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To be successful, this multiplication technique should be carried out during the rainy season or when the air is very humid.
Selection of plants for propagation: save the finest and most productive plants; do not use plants that are prone to pests and disease.
How to take a cutting
a long stem.
the tender, green tip growth and reserve for drying.
of semi-ligneous stem (one hand’s length, semi-woody stem, starting to form ridges and turn brown) using a sloping cut 5mm under a leaf node (point where leaf is attached to stem).
lower leaves from cutting.
the top 2 leaves in half.
All cuts must be made with a sharp, clean, disinfected and dry tool!
the cutting 10 cm deep into the ground or a pot (use same soil mix as for seedbed) OR in a glass of water.
with transparent plastic sheeting, plastic bottle, cloche or frame in the dry season to maintain a warm and humid atmosphere.
of direct sunlight for the first 4 weeks.
cuttings and spray leaves with water every day to keep moist. Adjust watering according to rainfall and to avoid rotting.
Organic hormone rooting powder can be used to accelerate root development and increase success rate.
A cold decoction of willow leaves over several days releases salicylic acid which can have the same properties as IBA indole butyric acid.
1 plantof Artemisia afra=
250cuttings / year