6 Easy Steps to Hardwood Cutting

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Have you ever loved a plant so much that you wish you could just snap your fingers and have more of them right in front of your eyes? Sure, you can go out to the store and buy a similar plant, but what if you are on a budget? After all, some shrubs alone cost $40. That’s why you should consider hardwood cutting. It is a technique that creates more of your favorite shrubs and trees than ever before. Find out exactly how to do this below:

Step 1

Start off by taking a cutting of your shrub or tree from the previous season’s growth. Preferably, this cutting should be around 6 to 8 inches long, with the top section sporting an angled cut just above a pair of buds. This is important because you want to prevent water from getting in and causing the tip to rot.  However, the bottom section of the stem right below a pair of buds should feature a straight cut

Step 2

Take your cutting and place some rooting-hormone powder over it. Usually, you can find this ingredient at your local nursery.

Step 3

This next step really depends on what you plan on doing with your cuttings. In most cases, though, the cuttings are put into plastic rolls in order to be later rooted. However, at that time, they will need to be put into a special potting soil, comprised of four parts compost to one part perlite. Don’t forget to mix your ingredients together thoroughly.

Step 4

If you want to make a large amount of new plants in a short amount of time, make sure that your plastic rolls are made out of recycled potting-soil bags.  This material will end up working best. Besides the cuttings, you will also need to place a few handfuls of moistened potting mix in your plastic sheet.

Step 5

Before you can roll up your plastic sheet, you need to cover the bottom 2 inches of the cuttings by folding in the base.  base of the plastic sheet From there, grab some large rubber bands to secure your plastic rolls in place. Then, using a razor blade, poke some holes into the base to help with drainage.

Step 6

Leave the roll in a cold frame outside of your house. However, when the weather starts getting warm and there hasn’t been much rain, you will need to dunk your roll into a bucket full of water. This will ensure that your cuttings don’t shrivel up and die.  Then, in late summer, unroll your plastic rolls and replant the rooted cuttings.

 

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