Displays and demonstrations of techniques by members
Demonstration of techniques by members, 11.7.2016
Mike started by showing us very small rooted Satsuki azalea cuttings he took last summer, which are now ready to be potted into larger modules. He lifts them out of the modules with two knives to avoid root disturbance and uses potting compost with a little Akadama. He then took more tiny cuttings from two different Satsuki azaleas, removed lower leaves, dipped into rooting hormone and planted in modules containing pure sphagnum moss.
Alun bought this group of Chamaecyparis lawsonia 'Wissellii' from a garden centre and planted them at the bottom of a large pot. He then layered them by cutting a ring of bark from around each trunk, applying rooting hormone and staking them at an angle and filling the pot up to the top with compost. He uses kebab sticks to angle the branches. Eventually he will cut below the air layers and plant them on a shallow tray.
These trees are pretty big!
Paul dug up from hedges the pieris with very small leaves, the weigela and the Virginia creeper. He has pruned them back and potted them up.