How to take a cutting from a tree
January 26, 2021

Want to increase the biodiversity in your garden? Taking hardwood cuttings is a quick and easy way to start rewilding your outdoor space with just a few basic tools and some straightforward know-how.

It’s a great way to get new plants for nothing, especially if you’re cutting a hedge back hard or you need an overgrown garden tree cutting and want to try growing new trees from scratch.

How to take a cutting from a tree

Taking a cutting from a tree is quite simple so long as you get the timing right. Just after the leaves fall in autumn or just as the buds appear in spring is ideal. You won’t need tree surgeon tools to get started either – just a pair of sharp secateurs, a pot of rooting or cutting compost, and some hormone rooting powder.

You can try taking cuttings from any tree. Just cut a stem about as thick as a pencil, measuring about a foot (30 cms) long. Make sure you cut above a bud at the top and below a bud at the bottom – use a slanting cut for the top end to help the water runoff. Then strip away any soft growth and you have your hardwood cutting.

Then dip the bottom end in the rooting powder and make a deep hole in the pot with a pencil. Plant two-thirds of the cutting in the soil and then forget about it until the spring when it should have rooted and start to grow. Your new trees can then be planted out in autumn when you’ll be ready to try more cuttings.

Need tree care for your garden?

Growing your own trees from cuttings can be easier than you think. But if you need tree care services to deal with stump removal, hedge trimming or tree management contact us today.