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I decided to take several Vista cuttings with a little bit of 2nd year wood at the bottom, and see if the root better/faster than 1st year-wood-only cuttings. Some evidence seems to suggest that 2nd year wood roots better, but has a harder time pushing growth, hence the cuttings with both 1st and 2nd year wood. Should have a better idea in a couple months,

Unfortunately, is is hard to take every cutting this way.




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Jon, I'll be interested to know how these do. As I read your post I remembered reading that many cuttings do better with a "heel" of old wood taken. Don't really remember what plants I was reading about at the time and I forgot about it until reading your post...

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Jon, 
I have taken several cuttings that way that showed good rooting mass. However the chances for molding is greater than regular cuttings since there are cuts both sides. 
Monserrat pons takes all his cuttings that way, but he seals the cut ends with grafting wax. He roots them directly in the ground.

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Maybe it's just me but I get all my mold issues at the leaf nodes, very rarely at the bottom of the cutting. 


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Ed, I experience both.  I experience a ton of mold at leaf scars, but I find that cuttings with several below-soil cuts tend to have cambium rot more often than those without.


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Most mold issue I have seen have been at leaf scars, fruit scars, but scales, or other bits of organic debris adhering to the cutting. 

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