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Nature in Wales


Vol. 17, no. 1 Spring 1980

Cotoneaster integerrimus - a conservation excercise.

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Cotoneaster integerrimus
Christine Rogers
the following months I returned twice to check the black polythene wrapper and the
general condition of the twig. All appeared to be well.
On 24 April 1974 when the wrapper was carefully opened a few very thin white strands
of water roots were discovered in the still-moist sphagnum. The twig was severed and
planted with the moss undisturbed in John Innes potting compost in a clay pot. For the
first few days it was covered with a large plastic bag and placed in a light conservatory
out of direct sun. By 19 May there was evidence of new leaf growth, the polythene bag
was discarded and the plant was placed outside in a sheltered position. Three weeks
later, further leaf growth indicated that the plant had successfully established itself in the
soil medium. It was then planted out in light loam to which some limestone chippings
had been added. Twelve months later the twig had developed into a bushy form and
bore eleven seeds. It also produced strong new growth from the base. This new growth
showed much more vigour than had been observed on any of the plants on the Orme.
In April 1976 an attempt was made to layer four of these, using John Innes compost.
The four failed to root, probably due to the very dry summer. Fortunately, no harm was
done and the four layered branches continued to grow.
In August, two cuttings of semi-ripe wood with a heel were taken and placed in old
tomato compost. This time the two rooted successfully but several further attempts at
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