Conventional Propagation vs. Rooted Cuttings

Conventional Propagation vs Rooted Cuttings 2The photographs on the left hand side are examples of conventional propagation at a rate of 1½ tons per acre. They were planted in the fall of 2009.

The photographs to the right were planted in May of 2010 with 60,000 rooted cuttings per acre. They are both Crimson Queen.

The rooted cuttings have established about twice the ground cover. Rooted cuttings have well-established roots at the time of transplanting. Therefore, the new planting is eligible for an herbicide program long before conventional propagation.

Establishing a bed with rooted cuttings is more consistent and is better suited for aggressive herbicide and fertilization programs. This explains why they often come into production one year faster.

Crimson Queen Rooted Cuttings.jpg