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Planting and PropagatingHow To Take Hardwood Cuttings
What do I need?
- Cutting material
- Large pots - 2 litre size is ideal
- Multipurpose compost
- Coarse grit
- Plant labels
OK, what do I do?
Hardwood cuttings are an easy and inexpensive way to increase stocks of woody plants including many trees, shrubs, climbers, fruit bushes and even roses. Hardwood cuttings are best taken in the autumn as the leaves fall from the ‘mother plant’ (plant used for propagation). Left in the ground in nursery rows or in large pots, they will root through the winter and will be ready to plant out in late spring or early summer.
Hardwood cuttings are especially useful where a number of plants are required, for example to create a drift of coloured stemmed Willows (Salix) or Dog Woods (Cornus), or to create a hedge. Of course, it’s also a great way to increase plants for friends or to sell at local fetes and open gardens!
How to take the cuttings
Many soft fruit bushes can be raised in this way including Currants and Gooseberries, so it is ideal to increase your stocks for the allotment. Climbers, including Honeysuckles and Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) can also be rotted easily. Winter Jasmine will also layer itself by producing roots from the growing tips when they touch the ground.
Why not try some hardwood cuttings for yourself?