Rainbow Eucalyptus can be grown from its stem when the procedure given herein is adhered to with a lot of care, otherwise it renders it impossible despite being an easier way of planting a fast growing Rainbow eucalyptus.
Step 1- Obtain the cuttings
Cuttings require a lot of attention as it is the source of our intended Rainbow eucalyptus. From the existing plant and during the spring or in the late autumn when the tree approaches dormancy, obtain the stem cuttings immediately after new and young growth emerges. During this stage, ensure you have prepared an elegant rooting container before the gathering of cuttings is done.
Step 2-preparing the nursery container.
With the cuttings are ready together with the gathering container, fill the nursery container that could be about a one-gallon container, with a combination of equal quantities of perlite and coarse sand. Add water to the mixture until it is saturated in the uppermost 5 inches. Allow the water to drain off for about 30 minutes after which you make the potting of the Rainbow eucalyptus cuttings.
Step 3- Choosing the cuttings
Obtain three or even four stem cuttings out of the tip of greener, healthy and a vigorous Rainbow eucalyptus branch. Choose the cuttings that have at least four nodes of leaves and the girth of a 1/8 to 1/16 of an inch. Ensure to avoid those having yellow leaves or those depicting any signs of stress.
Step 4- making the cuttings
Make the cuttings 1/16 inch under the leaf node by a sharp bypass shears. Make or trim the base of the stem at a 45 degrees angle. Chop off a quarter-inch-long and a 1/8-inch-wide sliver of the bark immediately above the angled end by use of a utility knife. Get rid of leaves on the lower half of the eucalyptus cutting. On the upper part or the tip, remove half of the leaves. Then cut using the utility knife, the remaining leaves in half to enable decrease moisture loss by transpiration Ouabain.
Step 5- removing excess liquid from the cutting and potting of the cutting
Combine an equal quantity of 0.2 percent NAA rooting liquid in a disposable plastic container. Then carefully dip into the liquid the defoliated lower half of the cutting for about five to ten seconds. Then to remove the excess liquid, flick the cutting.
Pot the Rainbow eucalyptus cutting in the already prepared container of rooting. The cuttings can be placed at least 3 inches apart. Dip the hormone-pasted end of every cutting inside the moistened perlite mixture up to the point where the lowest set of leaves is just above the surface.
Step 6- setting the nursery
Position the nursery container in a cold frame them warm the container to about 70 F, this is done using propagation mat. Ensure you cover the cold frame from direct sunshine. The cuttings should be misted at most three times a day using a handheld spray.
Step 7- checking for roots and transplanting
Check whether the cuttings have developed roots by slightly tugging the base of the stem. When you notice the roots have started to develop, give the cutting about four days and the cutting is ready for planting under the conditions of soil and climate that are favourable for their growth