Wintertime Rooting From Trees
~ By Aletha ~
Come winter time you might think
to get a rooting from a particular hardwood tree and you try
but fail; well don't give up it can happen but sometimes it
takes up to 6 months to root.
Here is some information that will help. When you cut a branch
mark the top with a marker this is important. You want to make
sure you have a Nod on the branch, so you are going to make a
fresh cut near the nod and we are going to dip this into hormone
(rooting compound) and after that put it into the waiting pot.
Your branch can be up to 9 inches long but no longer than
You want to make sure you bury them half way up the stem. So
now we need to put plastic or a soda bottle over them to hold
in moisture; do not do this with evergreen it will fry
it. You need to remove all soft tips and leftover leaves also
if you are doing an evergreen branch you remove the bottom
half of the needles.
Now we want to fill the pots with bark, perlite and peat
do not use garden soil at all; make sure you do not let
this dry out and do not make it soggy. You want a pot big
enough to hold 4 cuttings of the hardwood, you might only
get one out of the 4 but hey that is fine.
If you are doing evergreen you want it in bright light
indoors not direct sun light and the ones that have no leaves
on them do not need any light until you see growth on them.
If you tug gently on them and feel a little bit of resistance
it is starting to grow roots.
Once the danger of frost is no more you can take them outside
to a shaded area and each day you move them a little bit into
the sun it has to be slow; you do not let them dry out, they
are still babies and you need to feed them some light weak
house plant fertilizer.
Come fall you can move them to their new homes in the garden
or move them to a bigger pot and make sure you only have 1 to
a pot now. So good luck and happy rooting your hardwoods.
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