Taking cuttings from azaleas
Taking cuttings from azaleas is a specialist skill. Specific conditions are required: light, temperature and nutrients need to be in perfect balance. On top of that, each variety has specific needs. Keen to give it a try anyway? Be inspired by the step-by-step plan below. Good luck!
How to take a cutting from an azalea
In a greenhouse heated to 25 degrees, two or four cuttings are placed in each pot. These are covered with an airtight plastic film for 6 to 8 weeks.
Once the azalea cutting has grown roots, the film can be removed. The young plants are now placed in an unheated, frost-free greenhouse. The azalea is then cut into shape or topped. If you top the young azalea once, you will end up with a small plant. If you want a larger one, you should top it at least twice.
The azaleas are now ready to grow. The ideal temperature varies depending upon the variety. But during this phase, no azalea can withstand frost.
The young plants are now returned to a greenhouse, which is heated to 20 degrees and which features additional lighting. The plants are also watered. One to three weeks later, they are ready for sale.