Paulownia by root is my favorite method for establishing a paulownia plantation! Read on to find out why.
Starting paulownia by seed is not the only method of reproduction for the tree. If knowledgeable in the techniques, paulownia can be reproduced by vegetative methods. Almost any part of the tree can be used; root, stem, buds, or leaves.
Vegetative reproduction, asexual reproduction, micropropagation, and cuttings are all techniques which produce clones. Clones are genetically identical to the parent, the cutting.
If you have a particular tree you like and want another exactly like it, some form of asexual reproduction is best. Like the Chinese, we believe root cuttings are the practical choice over other techniques.
About Our Roots
All our clones are dormant root cuttings.
Dormant paulownia stock sprouting will be 70% or better. Direction must be followed.
Allow 3 to 8 weeks for cuttings to sprout. Sprouting is dependent on the soil's temperature and moisture content.
Available from April through June of each year.
Advantages of Root Cuttings
You can clone your favorite tree with no special equipment or hormones.
Since they are dormant, purchased cuttings ship easily with little damage.
Also, dormant material can be held easier by cold storage until your planting schedule allows.
There is no hardening off/toughening up required as with green house seedlings. The cuttings are dormant, so they can take a lot of abuse and still come on strong! Cuttings the size of your index finger (or larger) do best in the field because they have ample stored energy to get them started.
There is no need to water when first planted. Personally, I can plant earlier in the spring (about four to six weeks earlier than greenhouse grown seedlings). At that time the weather is cooler with more spring rains. When the hot weather does arrive, the cuttings have had the necessary time to establish themselves. They may still need watering during the season. However, the watering is more for growth rather than trying to establish the plants.