University of Florida

Kalmia latifolia

Common name(s): Mountain Laurel, Calico Bush, Ivy, Ivy Bush, Spoonwood

Plant type: evergreen large shrub
Primary method of propagation: cutting
Alternate propagation method(s): seed

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: Autumn
Cutting maturity: softwood
Rooting hormone: IBA Quick Dip 5000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist
Soil temperature for best rooting: 73-75 degrees F
Comment: Plants should be 2-3 years old

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Autumn
Time of year to sow seed: Winter
Seed treatment: stratify 40 degrees F in sand 3 months.
Preferred temperature for germination: 74 degrees F
Time required for germination: 6 weeks
Comment: Light increased germination fivefold.