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Prunus besseyi

Common name(s): Bessey Cherry, Western Sand Cherry, Sand Cherry

Plant type: deciduous medium tree
Primary method of propagation: seed
Alternate propagation method(s): cutting

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: Autumn
Cutting maturity: softwood, hardwood
Rooting hormone: IBA Quick Dip 1000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist
Soil temperature for best rooting: 65-70 degrees F
Time to rooting: 4-6 weeks
Comment: Cuttings are soaked in Benomyl (3000 ppm) fungicide.

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Autumn
Time of year to sow seed: Summer
Seed treatment: stratify 40 degrees F 4-5 months.
Comment: Stratified seeds sown in Summer unstratified in Fall.