Pruning or Trimming Purple Sand Cherry and growing Sand Cherry from Cuttings.
In this video you will see how I cut Purple Sand Cherry in the fall to make sure they grow nice and tight and don’t get thin and spindly. You will also learn how to take all of those clippings and use them to make hardwood cuttings of Purple Sand Cherry.
You can do the same thing with a lot of other woody plants like Forsythia, Weigela, Red and Yellow Twig Dogwood and Rose of Sharon. You can also root grape cuttings like this as well, but grape cuttings only a few buds in a 12″ section of the cane so you have to make your cuttings about 12″ to 14″ long in most cases.
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Watch the video and post any questions or comments below. -Mike McGroarty
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We have a purple sand cherry that is overgrown, and see-through and woody in the middle. It’s about peak size. It’s spring in Ohio right now, and it has purple leaf buds starting. I see all of your advice says to cut an overgrown sand cherry back, but when do I do that? Is it too late now? It’s kind-of in a place where we have to trim it. I would love to rejuvenate it. Thanks.
The ideal time to cut an over grown sandcherry, or any other shrub for that matter, is when it is dormant. Late fall, early spring. Right now I’d say you can prune it some, but probably not as hard as it needs. Prune some now, then heavy at Thanksgiving.
I save all your emails, not sure, but you mention sandcherry.
Mike Lowder says
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Tree pruning definitely helps plants to grow well but it is essential that you do using right tools. Also, you should know how to do it or else you will end up with nothing. I am sure your guidance will help people to take care of their trees and prun them properly.
Jeff N says
Hi Mike any chance you can do a picture follow up to the pruned shrub come this spring?
Also I’d like to but a couple of those rooted cuttings. Let me know how we can make that happen.
Jeff N says
I meant BUY a couple of those rooted cuttins
Thanks Mike, another great video from a true master of the garden!
realy like purple sand cherry thanks.
Rose Miles says
Mike I learned to cut the bottom of the stem you are trying to cutting at an angle and the top of it straight. Then you always know which end to put in the sand/medium.
Dana harness says
THANK again MIKE for all the good info we are doing a lot of cutting this week got alot of work to do getting thing going here building some bend for my compost and bigger propagation boxes having a lot of fun got one of the best helper you could ever have my son he 8 and thank he 25 good boss that boy is have a good one hey the way you are going on losing the weight you are going to have to put some rock in your pockets on winded days
Good to see a master at work. Thanks for the info you share and the encouragement you give.
I set out 50 purple leaf barberry plants this spring. Due to severe heat and drought I lost a dozen or so. I just built a cutting box and have put in about a hundred barberry cuttings. Some just using Rootone & some I also scarred the end like you’ve shown on other plants. I’m also using potting soil, no coarse sand nearby. Wonder what my results will be??? What % will root?
Have you ever used Willow Tree Tea to dip your cuttings in? I haven’t, but some of my Master Gardener friends have and think it is excellent.
Hope your weight loss is from a diet and that you aren’t ill, but you do look great! Keep up the good work.
Christine burd says
Thanks, Mike,I enjoy your videos and learn allot from them. I am going out to prune my sand cherry right now .I never knew that it should be done before.
I was talking about the Purple Sandcherry
I have probably seen them but did not know the name. I looked them up and would love to purchase a few small seedlings to grow in my own yard, if they will do well in this zone. I live in Northeast Oklahoma.
Please keep these good videos coming. You really show how easy it is. P.S. Could you make a video on plants after they have been rooted and potted, then what to do with the left over potted plants in the winter. Can you repot them in bigger pots and put them in a growing bed (in the bigger pots) till spring or do you just keep them in the same pots and put them in a cold frame with white plastic for winter? Thanks for all the help… 🙂
Frank, I’ll see what I can do. But keep in mind, all of those questions are answered in the book and videos that come with http://freeplants.com/wanted.htm if you’re interested in growing from profit.
Found the info I needed on pages 73-75 Thanks Mike….
Good morning Mike, what is your rate of success of your cuttings developing roots both hardwood and soft?
Jim, hardwood cuttings can be iffy with a lot of different variables. But softwood I expect to get about 90% success or better. For the most part I do my softwoods using that I share on the Plant Propagation Madness DVD that comes with my Backyard Growing System. http://freeplants.com/wanted.htm
Holy Moley Mike!
You have lost a ton of weight!
LOOKING GOOD …and good for you, Guy! Keep up the GREAT WORK!
Sure bet it makes all that gardening easier too!
Thank you and you are right! This nursery stuff just got easier after dropping some of that weight.
Can the same Hardwood Cutting process be used for ‘Dwarf Burning Bush, Cottneaster and Black Sambucus’ shrubs ? Also..hinge a 2×2 in the center..that way it will hold the cover up when you lift it !
Jerry, this system can be used for a variety of different plants. Some don’t root as well in the fall and winter, but you can use this system almost year round. The only time that you really don’t want to be taking and sticking cuttings is in the spring when plants are actively growing.
Here in zone 5, northern Ohio we start taking softwood cuttings around June 1st and keep making cuttings right up until the end of January or even February. Then we stop until June.