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Ligustrum Jonandrum

Propogating ligustrum jonandrum
Ligustrum Jonandrum standard

Mature Ligustrum Jonandrum plants grown into standards (image right), hearts, balls or animals are expensive with many costing in excess of several hundred pounds.

We have found it difficult to source young Ligustrum Jonandrum plants, so taking cuttings is a great inexpensive way to start your topiary project. Selling on any surplus plants you have been able to propagate could also be profitable. This diary (warts n all) will be updated regularly with photographs and comments on the health and general observations of the cuttings.

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With Box blight becoming more and more wide spread throughout the UK Ligustrum Jonandrum might be a good alternative for your topiary or hedging.


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Ligustrum Jonandrum quarter standard image
10th May 2011

We selected 10cm tall softwood cuttings from a quarter standard Ligustrum Jonandrum left, then removed all leaves from the bottom half of the cuttings and trimmed just below a leaf joint.

The bottom of the cuttings were dipped in Strike hormone rooting powder and inserted 4cm deep into the growing medium, firming the compost around the base of each cutting.

Ligustrum Jonandrum softwood cuttings

A multi-purpose compost mixed with horticultural sand in a 3-1 ratio was selected as the growing medium.

The cuttings were placed into a twenty four cell sowing tray, well watered and placed in a heated propagator sited in a well lit position away from direct sunlight.

We check the propagator regularly and open the vents whenever a build up of moisture on the lid occurs.

10th August 2011

Due to the warm weather in late spring we moved the cuttings outside into a semi-shaded location, this proved to be a bad move.

Unfortunately the cuttings were neglected and they dried out and had to be composted. Lesson learnt.

We are trying again, this time taking a slightly different approach.

Ligustrum Jonandrum cuttings image

We prepared the cuttings in the same way as described above, but this time placing 4 cuttings into 9cm square pots.

Into each pot we insert 4 x 9inch galvanised tent pegs, covered with plastic sandwich bags and secured to the pot with an elastic band.

The pots were placed on drip trays, one tray sited outside in a bright but shady position, the second inside on a window sill (away from direct sunlight).

Ligustrum Jonandrum cuttings
18th February 2012

Propagration wasn't great, only a quarter or so struck. However, we now have a dozen cuttings that seems to be doing ok - (see the image to the right)

The cuttings have been gently potted on individually into 9cm pots with John Innes no1 compost.

Ligustrum Jonandrum
8th April 2012

Very pleased to see new growth from the surviving cuttings - all are doing well.

The cutting to the right is 10cm tall - measured from the top of the pot. Really interested to see how much growth the cuttings will put on this year.

Maybe the original low strike rate might have been due to the cuttings being planted to deep. Next month we shall take another batch of cuttings (softwood) using shorter plant material and planting at a shallower depth.

Ligustrum Jonandrum
Ligustrum Jonandrum
7th July 2012

The young plants have put on growth and look to be generally healthy but are still only 10cm or so tall.

Due to the amount of rain we have had, and the forecast for more, we shall move the plants undercover.

Next week we shall start to take this years cuttings. This year we shall leave the cuttings in a cold frame rather than put them into a heated propagator.

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Ligustrum Jonandrum
Ligustrum Jonandrum
10th October 2012

Since July the young Ligustrum plants have put on good growth with roots protruding from the bottom of the pots.

We gave the plants a light prune, potted them on into 2 litre pots and dressed the top with potting grit. The plants will now be placed into a cold frame over winter for some protection.

Berries on the mother plant (photo right) are developing nicely. As we plan to sow some of these in early spring, we shall cover the plant with netting to protect the berries against feeding birds.

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Ligustrum Jonandrum berries
26th November 2012

As the berries were starting to split we decided to harvest the seed shown right over the weekend.

Last year we sowed a few fresh seed which nearly all germinated within a few weeks. We did have an issue with the seed coat on the seedlings as they emerged from the compost, they dryed out became hard and impaired the development of the first set of leaves. We tried to gently remove the seed coat but damaged many of the seedlings in the process.

This year we plan to sow more seed in a variety of conditions and in stages over the coming months to see if we can overcome this problem. We shall regularly update this diary with the results so do check back from time to time.

Ligustrum Jonandrum Seed

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