TAK­ING HARD­WOOD CUT­TINGS/WHAT’S ON

Slow and steady growth is the key to suc­cess

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

USE the weeks be­tween now and late win­ter (just be­fore bud burst) to prop­a­gate your favourite climbers, roses, shrubs, trees and fruit bushes via hard­wood cut­tings. It’s a slow but sim­ple way to in­crease plant stocks

You can root them in the ground or in a clay pot of cut­tings com­post mixed with sharp sand or per­lite, and as long as they don’t dry out or get wa­ter­logged they should be ready to pot on in around 12 months’ time.

The cut­tings should be grown from healthy lengths of this year’s growth that has had time to ma­ture through sum­mer.

If you are root­ing your cut­tings in the Check cut­tings in the ground dur­ing and af­ter very cold weather to make sure they haven’t been lifted by the frosts. Tread them back in if nec­es­sary. soil, dig a trench in a shel­tered spot and fork in some well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter. Line the bot­tom of the trench with sand.

Place the cut­tings in the trench so that two-thirds of each one is below the sur­face, but with enough plant above the soil to start into healthy growth.

Leave the cut­tings there un­til next au­tumn, keep­ing them well wa­tered, es­pe­cially dur­ing pe­ri­ods of drought.

Once they have started to root and grow, af­ter around a year, they can be dug up and trans­ferred to con­tain­ers or planted out in their fi­nal po­si­tions.

See right, for start­ing cut­tings in a pot. The ba­sics are the same if you choose to root yours in the ground.

Prop­a­gate roses via hard­wood cut­tings Cut­tings can be rooted in the ground in trenches some­where free-drain­ing and shel­tered

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