In an earlier post on coppicing, I’d mentioned that we’d probably start with Black Locusts because they grow wild here which means that we can dig up 8-10 foot trees at no cost. Since then, I’ve come across Frank Gomez at hybridpoplars.com. I took Frank up on his offer of free cuttings. Within a few days, a envelope arrived with the cuttings and three of his grow bags. I use Pro Mix BX for my cuttings and seed starting so I followed Frank’s instructions and filled his grow bags with Pro Mix BX.
Just planted – March 10, 2011 Two weeks later – March 24, 2011
I was impressed enough by what I saw that I ordered 100 of Frank’s grow bags and his how-to book.
And today I took cuttings from our N-38 hybrid poplars. Each is planted so that only the top bud is exposed. The cutting on the bottom includes a tip bud. According to Frank, cuttings should not have tip buds.
I started 12 cuttings. The three cuttings on the right side were dipped in rooting hormone #3 just to see how they would do.
Hopefully, the cuttings from our hybrid poplars do as well as the 3 from Frank’s hybrid poplars.
Oh yeh, we’re still going to plant Black Locusts. We just changed the schedule a bit.