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Cuttings Question

Post  Jake16 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:43 pm

This question is about deciduous trees (oaks, american elms, maple). When is the best time to take cuttings? How big of a cutting can I take from trees like that? Which wood is the best? (soft, semi-hard, maybe harder wood) Then do you just expose the cambium, root powder, plant, and keep moist?

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Re: Cuttings Question

Post  Rui Marques on Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:18 am

In search button type "cuttings". then you'll have some results that may fit your interest. There's a lot of information in IBC forum.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:33 am

Plants are different when it comes to cuttings, there are general rules but for best success you need to follow specific instructions for each species. In my experience, Oaks are usually not grown from cuttings. The authority on this is Michael A. Dirr, a college professor and author. He has a number of books out, maybe your library has them or a local agricultural college.
In general terms, semi hard wood is best, cut base at an angle and place in media. I find vermiculite works best for me, but I try to get the largest particle I can, the very fine doesn't work as well. The use of a rooting compound is also species specific.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:57 pm

You are expecting a lot if you expect a treatise on plant propagation here. There are better ways to get the right information. One of them starts with "google." The other is to go to http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/articles.htm which has excellent articles on both air layering and cuttings for bonsai. Another is Kev Bailey's site: http://www.acerbonsai.co.uk/tutorials.html

If you are REALLY interested, I suggest you get The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture, Second Edition by Michael A. Dirr and Charles W. Heuser Jr. It costs $50, list, but Amazon has it heavily discounted (which suggests that a third edition may be on the horizon). Anyone who is serious about propagating plants (for whatever reason) should have it.

But a forum such as this one is good for only the most cursory coverage, since species, type of cuttings, time of year and a host of other considerations are involved.

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Re: Cuttings Question

Post  Jake16 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:03 pm

Thanks for the replies every body, im not gettibg serious just curious. I did search cuttings on here, it helped some.

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