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Cuttings

Post: #235208 Graye
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:00 pm

I would like to take cuttings of various shrubs in our garden when we move. I've had some luck previously by just snapping off a twig and planting it (forsythia for instance) but I would like to be more scientific about it this time.

Can anyone tell me the best time to take cuttings of various things and whether they prosper as cuttings or would be better dealt with another way please? Unfortunately I don't know the name of most of them so I'll have to go and take a few photos but the obvious ones are buddleia, lilac, honeysuckle and orange blossom.
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Re: Cuttings

Post: #235210 Green Aura
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:55 pm

Carol Klein was talking about it being a good time to take cuttings now (on GW last Friday) so that's fortunate isn't it! :lol:
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Re: Cuttings

Post: #235213 Graye
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:12 pm

Ah! I saw something about a cutting from a rare plant but didn't watch it all. Once I know what we have I shall be off with my secateurs then. I'm not normally that lucky!
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Re: Cuttings

Post: #235219 grahamhobbs
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:17 pm

The easiest time is in the autumn when you can take hardwood cuttings of most shrubs. These are really easy, you stick 8" long cuttings, pencil thickness, in sandy soil protected from the sun and leave them, making sure they do not dry out, to the following autumn when most will have rooted.
You can take soft or semi-hard cuttings of some shrubs at this time of the year but you need to check the precise method for the particular shrub. It can be quicker but is not usually so easy.

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Re: Cuttings

Post: #235273 Millymollymandy
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:36 am

I did that Sambucus Black Lace from a friend's garden a few weeks ago. Couldn't be bothered to look up what to do but what we did was exactly what Carol Klein did (PHEW!). However most of them flopped over drastically so we threw all but one of them away which is still upright.

Carol says that's normal and they'll perk up after a while. OOPS. :oops: :lol:
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Re: Cuttings

Post: #235287 phil55494
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:38 pm

I've never really succeeded with cuttings so my advice is to take many more than you think you'll need. If they all take, well done. If only one takes, you're doing better than me!

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Re: Cuttings

Post: #236221 pops
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:01 pm

don't try to get away without rooting hormone powder!
it's only a few quid for a pot and while some things will take happily without, most don't and you may as well give them a fair chance.

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Re: Cuttings

Post: #236242 boboff
Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:39 pm

Agreed, soft wood cuttings are best from now to July / August, then hard wood (take with a heel)

Aparently they do better with heat underneath, so if you have a propogator standing empty, use that.
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