Learn how to take a cutting and grow free plants for your garden. Propagating plants is really easy and a lot of fun!
Propagating your own plants is easy and a lot of fun! You can start off your own free plants with a very simple technique that even beginner gardeners can try. So get your secateurs out and let's get started!
During the winter when the plants are dormant is the right time to take hardwood cuttings. These are twigs that are not soft anymore and that have grown during the last growing season. This method can be used on most deciduous shrubs and trees (and also on some evergreens). You will discover that some plants take root easily and others are harder to take root. This shouldn't discourage you, though. There is nothing much to be lost other than a few cuttings and a little bit of time. You will, no doubt, be able to produce free plants for your garden and maybe even surplus for friends and neighbors!
When Is The Best Time To Take Hardwood Cuttings?
In general, this can be done from when the leaves come off in the fall until very early spring before or when the buds are starting to swell. Avoid times that are very frosty.
Keep the cuttings in a sheltered spot. A cool greenhouse or cold frame is ideal. Otherwise choose a sheltered spot outside.
Keep the cuttings moist but not wet. Watering them once or twice with willow water might help to produce roots faster and stop them from rotting. Some time during spring the twigs should show signs of leaf growth. Once you see signs of growth (not just a leaf) it is time to check for roots. Carefully take the cuttings out of the containers (or lift them out of the soil). Transplant the rooted cuttings either into individual containers or right into the ground.