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Anne K Moore
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Last week the WINTER CUTTINGS article explained how to choose and prepare cuttings from the winter garden. The cuttings should be taken from fully dormant trees or shrubs in late fall, winter, or early spring. Keep all cuttings moist as you gather them, either in a pot of water or in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel. You will need to purchase soilless mix and a root stimulator, like Rootone, available at garden centers.

Here, in WINTER CUTTINGS Part 2, is a partial list of shrubs and trees that you can propagate with hardwood cuttings. Don't be afraid to try cuttings from plants not listed here.

Boxwood, Littleleaf & Common (Buxus macrophylla & B. sempervirens)
Blueberry (Vaccinium)
Broom (Cytisus)
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
False Cypress (Chamaecyparis)
Fig (Ficus)
Heath (Erica)
Hemlock (Tsuga)
Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
Junipers-low growing
Leyland Cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii)
Mock Orange (Philadelphus)
Rose of Sharon, Althea, Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus)
Tea Olive Holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus)
Willow (Salix)

There are three excellent books available with detailed instructions on taking and growing cuttings. If you want to be involved in this rewarding hobby, check them out.
Making More Plants - The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation” by Ken Druse.
Plant Propagation – The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques” by Alan TooGood, American Horticultural Society.
The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation – From Seed to Tissue Culture” by Michael Dirr & Charles W. Heuser, Jr.
The last, The Reference Manual by Michael Dirr, is a more scientific work for experienced gardeners and/or growers.

Posted December 28, 2012

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