QMy cut Christmas tree is sprouting all over the place – can I take worthwhile cuttings?
Veronique Wightman, via email
AGo for it! Take semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings from conifers, with a bit of brown wood on the bottom of the cutting. The cuttings should be at least 5cm (2in) long.
Remove some of the lowest side shoots and dip the end in hormone rooting powder before inserting into pots of airy, well-drained compost.
Keep the cuttings in a cool, well-lit room indoors and then harden them for outdoors in early spring.
Take cutting from your Christmas tree