Propagation[edit | edit source]
Hardwood cuttings can be taken from one-year old wood, from shoots about 1-2 cm in diameter. This is best done in autumn or late autumn. Cuttings should be 30cm in length. Make the basal cut below a leaf node. plant in multipurpose compost, leaving only top few cm showing. keep in a sheltered spot or in a greenhouse. Keep soil moist during winter, do not let it dry out. They should be ready by spring. Take multiple cuttings as success is not guaranteed.
Established trees sometimes throw up suckers which can be carefully dug up keeping roots intact, ideally in late autumn. There will be aroot attachment to parent plant which will need to be severed. Cuttings can also be taken from suckers.
A low branch can be pegged down to soil. It will root and can then be careuflly dug up and separated from the parent plant.
References[edit | edit source]
- Seymour, M (2014). The New Self-Sufficient Gardener: The complete illustrated guide to planning, growing, storing and preserving your own garden produce. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781409346784.
- Brickell, C; Royal Horticultural Society (2012). Encyclopedia of Gardening. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781409364658.
- Crawford, M (2016). Creating a Forest Garden: working with nature to grow edible crops. Green Books. ISBN 9781900322621.
- Titchmarsh, A (2008). The kitchen gardener: grow your own fruit and veg. London BBC. ISBN 9781846072017.