Anyone ever grow shrubs from cuttings? Going to be trying this myself this year.
Got all the cuttings gathered the other night. This was the first time using the cheap fiskars pruners I got at Home Depot and after pruning apple trees and cutting some "larger" branches the dang pruners took a crap on me. The tip wouldn't close all the way and it sometimes wasn't making clean cuts. I need to invest in a good pruners.
First cuttings I took were from some red osier dogwood.
This being the first time I've really done cuttings I took a few different t types of wood as you can see. They say you want to get one year old wood. I thought I had gotten one year old wood but some of it got pretty woody towards the base and notice the color difference in it. Also note that I tried to get at least two bud points on each cutting, I remember reading that tip somewhere online.
I looked for portions of the shrubs that had large, straight, branch free growth. Most of this was stuff that had suckered out from the stump or was growing more towards the center of the shrubs. I got arrowwood, plum, red osier dogwood, ninebark, and silkly dogwood (I struggled to find which part of the silky dogwood I should be cutting, I didn't take pictures but this shrub didn't have as many nice long, branch free sections :think: )
I made each cutting 8-12" long, so I had varying lengths and types of wood. It is absolutely a must to plant the cutting the correct direction, the bottom of the cutting goes in the ground. So in order to help with this I cut the top of the cutting flush off and made sure to leave a bud near the top
And cut the bottom of the cuttings at an angle. This will help to push the cuttings in the ground too
Got home and soaked the cuttings in water quick and then put them in two 2 gallon ziploc baggies and stored them in the top of the fridge. I know this won't be quite 28 degrees but we'll see how they work being held in there for 6-7weeks before planting
I took a couple cuttings and dipped the pointed end in rooting hormone and put them in a glass of water to see if they'll start roots.
The game plan is to plant these in trenches in the backyard and baby them over the summer. Then next year we'll dig them up and plant them to their permanent home on the farm. We'll see how this goes. If it works we'll have a source for shrubs off the farm, an unlimited supply of cedars we can transplant, and then grow the oaks/hardwoods in rootmakers as needed.