When I was a kid, I lived for a time in the house that my great-grandfather built. I have been told that my grandfather was born in that house. As in, not at the hospital but inside the house. My parents were living there when I was born (at the hospital). Years later I lived there again.
We had a magnolia tree in the back yard. I used to climb in that tree, and I loved the smell of the blossoms every year. I can honestly say that tree has been my favorite tree ever. I recently moved back to Adel, Iowa to pastor the Baptist church in town, and since I hope to be here for many years, I decided it might be a good idea to try growing my own magnolia tree. There are over 200 varieties of magnolia. I don’t know what variety my tree is, but I knew that’s the one I wanted. So I called up my aunt (to get access to the house, which is currently vacant), and we went looking. I really hoped there would be a seedling that I could just dig up and transplant, but there weren’t any. Plan B was to get cuttings.
As the title says, I’m not a botanist, but I am following the advice of videos I’ve found online to attempt to grow a new tree from some branches I cut off the existing one. I removed most of the side twigs and leaves from the cuttings I took, and then made a cut in the end of each one, and dipped them in this root hormone powder I bought. Then I shoved them in a mixture of dirt and peat moss.
I don’t know if anything will come of it. If the tree is still there next year I may try again if these cuttings are unsuccessful, as one video informed me that June-August is the best time to do this.
I also took a cutting of the Concord grapevine that has grown there for decades. Did the same procedure. I have less hope for that one, but we’ll see what happens.