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Hardwood Cuttings

Have you ever tried your own plant propagation? It sounds like the sort of thing only serious gardeners do, but it’s really quite easy, especially at this time of year.

Why? Because winter’s the time to make what are termed ‘hardwood’ cuttings. These are the cuttings you grow from deciduous plants, the plants that lose their leaves in winter. Because these plants are dormant at the time, the cuttings are far less likely to dry out. In fact Mother Nature has programmed them to survive for months on the energy that’s stored within the stem.

Shrubs and climbers are the plants most often grown from hardwood cuttings. Trees usually need to ultimately develop a stronger root system, which is why they’re mostly grown either from seed, or grafted onto a seedling rootstock.

How to go about taking your hardwood cuttings

For most varieties, cut tip pieces about 150mm – to 180mm long while the plant is completely leafless. The top cut should be just above a node (the bud where new leaves will develop) and the bottom cut just below a node. Make sure you keep your cutting the right way up – it won’t survive if it goes into the pot upside-down. Dip the end of the cutting into Yates Cutting Powder. A number of cuttings can go into a pot filled with Yates Thrive Seed Raising Mix. Put the pots into the protection of a Yates Mini Greenhouse, and keep them in a cool spot.

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