TAKING HARDWOOD CUTTINGS/WHAT’S ON
Slow and steady growth is the key to success
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