So I had a bit of a think about what went wrong. And did some research.
And here is what I remembered, and discovered:
Spring v Autumn
There is quite a difference in technique in making cuttings in spring and in making cuttings in summer and autumn.
In spring the trees are just starting to grow. The new tips are soft and tender and small.
In summer and autumn the tips are much hardier. The wood is harder, the tips are longer between the leaves (called nodes).
Both times are good, as the tree is still growing, but a different method of making cuttings is required. And last week's experiment was the autumn way. In spring.
So, how did I do it this time round?
The trick with cuttings is to make them about 3-4 nodes long. Now the problem with this is that manuka has tiny leaves. So 3-4 nodes is tiny also. And in spring the growth is REALLY close together.
In the end, I made mine about 3cm (1 inch) long. Still more than 4 nodes, but about the size my fingers could cope with.
|tiny spring cuttings of manuka|
And guess what? It worked! They all look pretty much the same, a week later, as the top picture when I had just planted them.
Next up, I'll let them grow until they start producing roots, then let you know just when to pot them up, how to tell, and what to do next.
In the meantime, if you want a bit more in depth information, and more pictures check out the full post in Business of Bees.
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Spring's a great time of year to grow manuka from seed!