Conifer cut­tings

Amateur Gardening - - Ask John Negus -

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

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