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Taking Cuttings From Shrubs

We may be moving and I want to take cuttings of some of my favorite shrubs if possible. Is November too late to try? Most of them have dropped leaves already, is there a way to do it indoors?

Trees and shrubs are more difficult to propagate than annuals and houseplants. Timing and the type of cutting made and the particular shrub species influence success. Some shrubs can readily be started from 6 to 8 inch hardwood cuttings taken during the dormant season. Bundle the cuttings, lay them on their sides and bury in sand or sawdust. Store the cuttings in a cool frost free location for the winter. Plant them in sand or vermiculite next spring. Once rooted you can pot up and grow them in a container for a season or two or move them directly into the garden. These cuttings will need extra attention while establishing their root system. You may also want to include an option for you to return to your home in spring to collect more cuttings. Work with your realtor to write this into your agreement. Softwood cuttings made from the tender new growth may be more successful. Keep in mind it is illegal to propagate patented plants.


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