Opportunities abound! Each initial seeming gardening “disaster” is an opportunity for me to learn and potentially expand my gardening universe! I recently planted my 2 Nagami kumquat tree into the ground. Today was unexpectedly very windy, and a sucker or shoot growing from the side of one of these trees snapped off.
Normally, suckers are removed since they can compete with the plant for nutrients, which affects the productivity (fruiting) of the tree. It seems nature took care of that for me!
I decided to see if I can propagate this kumquat tree by way of snapped-off tree sucker. I don’t know if this will be successful, but if it is, I’ll have a third kumquat tree, which would be most welcome!
HOW TO: With garden shears, I made a clean cut of the broken-off end of the sucker. I then ran a little tap water on the cut end and dipped the cut end into a small plastic bottle containing powdered rooting hormone. I tapped off the excess rooting hormone. I placed the sucker into a potting-soiled filled container and gently tied it to a wooden stake. I added enough water to just moisten the soil.
It is my hope that this strategy will be successful. If so, I will try to grow this kumquat tree in a container for the time being and compare its productivity to that of the 2 in-ground grown trees.
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