Perhaps you are moving homes and want to bring a piece of your past with you, or maybe you are welcoming a new member to your family and want to commemorate the event, whatever the reason there is no better way to acknowledge a major life event than by propagating your tree! Before you get started you might be wondering, what is tree propagation and how is it done? Continue reading to discover more…
Tree propagation is a method of growing trees from the parent stock. There are a variety of ways to propagate a tree whether it is from the root system or grafting on the existing tree. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how to propagate a tree from a cutting of the parent tree. Below you will find outlined the 6-step, start to finish, ways to propagate a tree from tree cuttings.
- Tree Selection
Locate the tree you wish to propagate. This is one of the most crucial steps to think of before collecting your clippings. Why? You want to be sure that the clippings you gather are coming from a tree native to your area. This is important so that the environment can support the life of your new growth. Additionally, it can be extremely harmful to introduce a new species to an area as it could be invasive or disease ridden causing irreversible damage.
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2. Tree Clipping
When going for your tree clippings it is better to aim for new growth as it has just gone through the process you are looking to duplicate. This usually points us in the direction of the farther out branches. Something to be mindful of when grabbing the clippers.
3. Tree Soaking
Tree soaking, tree dunking, or even tree splashing have been noted as ways in which you can give your tree cuttings a leg up. The purpose of this is to stimulate root/ plant growth. While this step is completely optional, trees have been shown to benefit from it. (Some people are even known to add additional minerals to the soaking water at this time).
4. Tree Potting
Tree Potting gives your cuttings space to grow and take as much water and minerals in to aid during the process.
5. Essential Root Growth
During this time the potted tree cuttings will need to establish their roots. It is crucial they are watered generously as it promotes expansion and nutrient uptake, keeping your cuttings strong and ready for what’s next…
6. Tree Transporting
Once you have a visible root system that you feel comfortable with, it is time to move these tree cuttings into the ground!
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