I took most of these snow covered tree photos early in the morning.
Winter Time Plant Propagation
Believe it or not, the dead of winter is the ideal time to make hardwood cuttings of many deciduous plants. Sounds crazy doesn’t it?
However, with many plants it really is the ideal time.
We do most of our plant propagation here in Perry, Ohio starting in June working the extremely softwood.
But in February, we do a lot of things with really hardwood.
The difference between hardwood and softwood?
When plants start growing in the spring they make leaves, then they starting putting on new growth. That new growth is very soft and pliable.
As the season progresses that new growth begins to harden off, preparing itself for the coming cold weather.
By winter that new growth is very hard and rigid.
Softwood cuttings root quickly and easily, but they are also very frail and fail just as easily.
Hardwood cuttings on the other hand are very hard and durable and take longer to root.
But the cuttings are for the most part, tough as nails as you will see in these photos.
In the above photo there are some grape cuttings, Golden Curls Willow, Yellow Willow, Black Pussy Willow, Dappled Willow, and Lynnwood Gold Forsythia.
As you can see, the ground was so frozen we couldn’t even level it before placing the flats. I took this photo about ten days before we got a fresh batch of snow.
Having your cuttings completely covered in snow is a good thing. The snow will protect them from harsh winds and at the same time keep them plenty moist.
All of this snow fell overnight, and I couldn’t resist taking these photos and sharing them. It was a spectacular sight to see when I got up that morning.
Making hardwood cuttings is super easy.
All you have to do is remove the canes from the plant, cut those canes into cuttings about 5 or 6 inches long, dip the cuttings in a rooting compound, and stick them in a flat of sand, potting soil, or if the ground is not frozen you can stick them right in the soil in your garden.
The rooting compound is optional and brand does not matter. If I have it on hand, I use it.
The only thing you need to know is that when you make the cut at the bottom of the cutting, cut right below a bud union and not into the bud union or above the bud union.
A while back I did a video on making grape cuttings. You can watch that video here.
The process is exactly the same except most plants will have a lot more bud unions along the stems that grapes do, therefore the cuttings can be much shorter than you would make a grape cutting.
The light yellow cuttings are Golden Curls Willow. A lot of people don’t like willow trees and at one time I was like that.
But at my old house, I had this beautiful Golden Curls Willow in my front yard and it created so much shade, and they grow so quickly, that I am going to plant one next to the donkey pen so me and the donkeys can get a break from the summer heat.
I have really come to love this Golden Curls Willow tree.
These are some of the Golden Curls Willows trees that we did from hardwood cuttings last winter. These sell like crazy at $5.97 each!
Here’s a great resource that I created a long time ago about plant propagation if you’d like to learn more.
Questions? Comments? Post them below and I’ll take a peek at what’s on your mind! -Mike McGroarty
Reba Whisenhunt says
25 years ago I married and immediately bought 2 climbing Peace Roses. Our daughter now lives in that house as we have built a house on 12 acres in the country. Would it be better to dig these climbers up to plant at the new house, or take cuttings? We are in South Carolina, zone 8 a, and the weather is erratic…50*-60* today, 8* last week… I cannot find any Climbing Peace Roses anywhere… besides there is sentimental value to these… They are so beautiful. Thanks for reading this and your response. May God bless you and yours.
The answer might be to do both. Those are large plants to move, but it could be done. Do it while they are dormant. But to be sure, take a bunch of cuttings now and in spring if you can. Do a search on this site or other youtube for rose propagation.
darlene leonhart says
Can you do PawPaw cuttings ? Can i do Holly cuttings? If you do Holly cuttings will they be true male and female as source from which the came from?
PawPaw might be better from seed but you can try softwood cuttings in the summer. Holly? Absolutely and they will be true to the parent when growing from cuttings. You can stick the holly cuttings now, but they’ll be slow to root. Many, many months. That’s just how it is with evergreens. You can also use summer techniques. https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/
I’m at 61 north latitude, and a week before Xmas the pussy willows were starting to open! It was in the high 30s. Now it’s 35 below and the ground is frozen a foot deep! Hard to believe people pay money for willow, it’s a trash tree here. I’d LOVE to sell them, ha!
I am not a big willow fan and I only grow a small number for those want them. But others sell them like crazy. People ask me for pussy willow. But when I had them they did not sell well enough. If you could sell them early in the spring when in bloom they’d sell like crazy. But they bloom too early for me.
Jimmy Langley says
Can you take root cuttings from a crape myrtle?
I doubt it, but they do well as softwood cuttings in the summer. https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/
Steve Graebner says
Hello Jimmy, My first attempt on planting hardwood cuttings were with Crape Myrtle. I stuck 60 hardwood cuttings in sand and have about 30 potted plants out of the 60 cuttings.
Can you share how to do blueberry cuttings. Soft or hard cutters?
Try hardwood cuttings in the very early spring, keep them in a shaded area and water daily. But they need to be stuck in a well drained potting mix.
Hey Mike, I want to share a tip for small nurserymen that have more time for propagation during the winter: so, when I am doing winter prop during dec/jan, I can d o TWO YEARS OF CUTTINGS AT ONCE using bottom heat on reliable rooters. I can stick half in a sand bed and half in cells on a heat bed. The cuttings on the heat will be ready to pot on by june, while the sand bed cuttings will stay put until next year’s first frost. That way I can get a summer’s growth under the heat bed cuttings before the sand bed cuttings ever see the can yard. Sometimes the slow rooting can be to your advantage for time management of prop, especially since there never seems to be enough time in softwood season to get everything done!I
Thanks for everything, Mike!
Great point Dean! Good strategy.
I am a snowbird. I take cuttings from growing tomatoes in the north, root them and plant them in Florida. This year I brought some cuttings from my niece’s home in New York. Big red tomatoes, but the tomatoes that are growing here are yellow. I don’t know the name of the plant. I am confused.
Sorry, I really can’t be of any help on this.
Because of your great techniques & explanations, I now have cuttings rooted of all my favorites!! Thank you!!
Nice job and you are welcome!
Isn’t it against the law to transport plants across state lines? Seems like I heard this at some point.
No it’s not. There are regulations that have to be follow. Shipping from the east coast to the west coast is a bit more challenging but not impossible as long as you follow the guide lines. We discuss these guidelines in the members area, http://backyardgrowers.com/join, on a regular basis. And our members ship plants to other members on a daily basis.
Great info here, thank you! I have some lilac tree cuttings that I took in the Spring and successfully rooted but they are very small and in a terra cotta pot. I am wondering if they need to come inside for the winter or how I can best protect them?
They need to go dormant outside. Bury pot and all in a protected area or cover with white, not clear plastic for the winter.
I live in Central Georgia. This week the high temperatures are in the high 60s and low 70s.. I even saw a hummingbird today. My question is I have 2 Lorapetalum and would like to take some cuttings. Should I do it now or wait and do soft cuttings? One of the plants is in full bloom now. The other has no blooms.
I’d wait for softwood cuttings. https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/
I I live in the Caribbean island we have rain and sun only what advaceice to Us started doing hybrid hibiscus . Could we do this ?
Just follow the softwood cutting techniques here; https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/
David Hibiscus says
Can you tell me how can I sell my cutting seeds plant online to the Caribbean island does not live in the USA and best ways to ship cutting and seeds Thanks
More information would be needed to answer this and I really don’t get into those details here, we do that in the members area; http://backyardgrowers.com/join
Corky Campbell says
Hi Mike, I absolutely love some of the plants on your site and would like to order some but dont know where to order them. I live in a remote part of Nevada and 112 miles to the nearest town so mail order works best for me. Can you tell me how to get some of the plants you show on your site by mail?
At this time I am not shipping any plants but that could change. Many of our members ship on a daily basis at crazy low prices. http://backyardgrowers.com/join
Dan D. says
I was trimming some red twig dogwood the other day and clipped about 300 cuttings. I had nowhere thawed to stick them, so I threw them all in a large tote and set it outside. Will they be ok lying in a pile or have I sentenced them to death by drying out?
Put something in that tote and get them stuck. Eventually they’ll dry out unstuck.
Hi mike, I have an outside propagation box. I cover it in winter with plastic. Should the plastic be airtight?
That depends on the rooting medium. Sand can get too dry when covered. At the very least poke lots of holes in the top so water can seep in. All of my cuttings, rooted cuttings and fresh stuck hardwood cuttings are outside and uncovered.
Thank you very much for your response
Thank you very much for your response I will try to poke holes first. Then if need more I will uncover them.
Bruce Cords says
Mike, can I do winter propagation of hardwood cuttings even now in Minnesota? It is 7 below today
You can if you have a place where you can stick the cuttings. Some place cool or cold, outside if possible.
mike, i have an unused 3 season room that is basically all ‘windows’ with tinted vinyl ‘windows’ over screens. it faces north and the west window has tall shrubs growing in front of them. it also has 2 single window size skylights in the roof.
my question is, would this be a good place for cuttings instead of outside? it isn’t heated or cooled and has a tile floor. it also has a ceiling fan.
if used, would i still need to use a solid colored lid over the cuttings, or would clear be alright since they won’t have direct sun on them?
thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge.
I’m sure it could work but I don’t know that it would be better than outside and could be worse than outside. That room could get too warm too soon, the plants would leaf out soon than you really want them to. All of my cuttings, tens of thousands of them are rooted one of two ways. This in the summer, https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/mikes-plant-propagation-kit/ and the techniques on this page in the winter.
The minute we try improvising things go wrong that we did not anticipate.
i stumbled onto your website only a week or so ago and am so glad i did! thought i might chime in to see what you thought about this method of rooting pussy willow…
i saw on a diy show where cuttings were taken from a pussy willow well before the buds bloomed. i think very early spring or really late winter. it was about 7 years ago and i just can’t remember. the ends were beaten with a hammer and then the cuttings were put in a clear vase full of water. i set them on the dining room table near an east facing window and to my huge surprise, they eventually rooted. all that was said on the diy show was that it was a way to force the blooms, nothing about them rooting in the water!
since i had about 6 to 8 foot and a half long cuttings, i was able to plant them in three areas of our yard that always held water, creating in three years time a ‘hedge’ of pussy willows to block an unsightly view.
when i planted them i had no idea whether they would survive or not, just took a chance. i was so surprised when they lived! who knew? lol
sorry, i also did not say where this was. at the time i lived in Missouri about 24 miles south of Jefferson City.
Truth be told that’s really taking the long way around. Pussy Willow are super easy to root and if you just make the cuttings as described in this article and stick them in your garden they’ll root. I don’t like rooting anything in water because it produces really weak roots on a plant that is under a great deal of strain. The hitting them with a hammer part is really back because that creates all kinds of wounds that are surrounded by soil.
Some things are really easy to root, some a lot more challenging, but Pussy Willow is one of the easy ones. Stay tuned, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter, we discuss this stuff year round.
thanks for the reply. i have to say i subscribed to your newsletter and bought your $7.00 BackYard Cash Machine handbook the same day i stumbled onto your website! lol
i also have to say you have so much good information that i find myself opening page after page, at times having 10 to 15 tabs opened at the same time to different information! i love it!!! i just wish my mush brain could retain all this info…hahaha
When you’ve absorbed all of that check out my original site, http://freeplants.com. I’m glad you are enjoying all the work we put into creating this content.
Maurice Brown says
Hi Mike, love all your videos and articles. I have a five foot Japanese Quince that is beautifully flowered while all other plants are bare. I should wait until the blooms diminish before I get cuttings to root?
You don’t say where you live or what season you are in. When doing softwood cuttings I use a six week rule. The Six Week Rule
Here’s the thing with softwood cuttings. Forget about what they say online (as if I’m not online pumping out info) about bloom date etc. If you follow the six week rule you can’t go wrong as far as timing is concerned.
From the day plants get their leaves in the spring, count ahead six weeks. During that six week period the plant actually produces, for you, about 5 or 6 inches of new, soft growth that can be used for softwood cuttings. That new growth needs six weeks to harden off enough to be used as a softwood cutting.
If you take the cuttings too soon, they will wilt down and fail, but most importantly you will have wasted those cuttings. You can take a few, stick under mist, and see how they hold up. If they stand up, you’re good to go. Some wilting is normal, but not laying flat on the rooting medium.
More here; https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/
Mike, I appreciate your blog and any help you can give. So can we do arctic willow cuttings in October? We are in zone 3-4 in Wyoming. Winters here are ferocious. So I read all I could find. I understand you stick the hardwood cuttings and just leave them outside? What if they freeze? How do you water them in the winter when it is freezing? How do you handle them in the spring when it starts to get warm in the days but the nights are still frosty? We don’t get our last frost until June here in the rocky mountains. It is tricky. So your advice is appreciated. Diane
Hi I’m just geting into gardening and I love it your videos are all very helpful I’m a fellow Ohioan and last year a Beatle killed all my pine trees on my property we had so many I was wondering if you can take cuttings from the few half alive trees that are left and just do the same as any other or is there something different that should be done with pines also is it okay to take cuttings from sick/weak looking pines
Pines really don’t work well as cuttings. Most are grown from seeds collected from the pine cones in the fall. It’s a very slow process, you’re much better off buying 3 year old seedlings and grow them on from there.
Mike, is it possible to make cuttings from a Holly Tree? It was more of a bush 41 years ago when I moved from Ohio to New Jersey. My son, who lives near Dayton, wants to take “seedlings” or cuttings from our Holly tree to plant in his Dayton, Ohio yard. Is this possible?
Many thanks for all the advice your offer to us.
You can do them from cuttings. Try some now, they’ll be very slow to root, just keep them watered. If they fail do more next June and again in July. The ones that you do now won’t be rooted until late spring. http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
reba whisenhunt says
It was Ringo, Right?
Just found your blog and really appreciate all your information. I live near Cincinnati and would like to
find some grape cuttings. Any idea where I can find them? Thanks so much!
I would ask around, locals will know who is growing grapes.
Jim Coulter says
Am I to assume that your homemade flats have a 1/2 or 1/4 inch plywood bottom with holes drilled in the plywood?
I will answer this for Mike. Go to https://www.mikesbackyardnursery.com. Go to bottom of the page and choose page 2. On that page you will find directions on how to build the flats.
There you will see the bottom of the flats.
Valerie Pelerin says
Hi I found your blog last year after we moved to MD. Our house has a beautiful tree in the back garden – which thanks to your description I identified as a Golden Curls Willow. It must have been planted there because we have the lowest point around and our yard gets lots of run-off from our neighbors. It is as tall as our three-story house, so it must have been there for some time. Last week we had an awful ice storm and our beautiful tree got damaged really badly. A tree company has recommended that it been taken down. But I am hoping we can cut it back and it will survive. Do you have any experience with ice damage?
If you want to save the tree I’m sure all it needs it being cut back to a reasonable shape, getting rid of all broken limbs. It should rebound quickly. Willows are soft and sooner or later it’s bound to happen. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the tree. Let me know at the end of summer how it worked out. Take photos!
i don’t know about the variety you are talking about, but i have had success growing willows that have ‘volunteered’ from the parent plant if you have any around your willow. and i’ve grown them around our lake after pruning a willow that lived near the lake, actually it almost lived in the lake.
i’m sure it isn’t the type you have, but i’ve found willows to be very easy grow from cuttings. it sounds like a beautiful tree and having more of them would be nice i’d think.
thomas conrad says
I have an orange azalea growing in my flower bed in front of house. It was given to me from a friend nearly 10 years ago. It put seed pods on this year but they seeded out before I could collect them. Since I have been reading the material and watching your dvds, I am beginning to wonder if I can take cuttings from them now. I get compliments on this shrub while in bloom and requests for cuttings from it. I think it could be a good starter plant to work with. I am not sure if it is a patented plant. As I mentioned above…I have had it for nearly ten years possibly longer. I don’t remember. It is about 6′ tall.
Deciduous azaleas are often grown from seed, seed collected in the fall. Cuttings? Not now, but maybe in June with this http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
Dale Reedy says
At what point do you remove the rooted hardwood cuttings and place them in the pots? They must not be dormant at that transition so what keeps them from dying?
Once rooted, usually mid summer you can pot them. Or wait until fall. Removing them from the flat won’t harm them unless you break a lot of roots. If you think you are going to break a lot of roots, wait until they are dormant. Put something under the flats so they can’t root into the soil below, that way you should be able to transplant anytime you want.
Sorry typing not good.
Pussy willow stick.
Farmer market here selling puss stick to put inside house. Can I cut them and go hardwood cutting?
Chances are you can and they should root just fine.
Mike I first ordered your book online three years ago. I learned alot. All I had ever done until then was garden with my grandpa. I started out and my moms house I thought she was going to kill me lol. I put up a propigation house 12ft by 24 ft. Three years later I am still going at it. I work a full time job 48 hrs a week and have a small garden center I sell plants in the summer. I started out in my moms back yard until I saved enough money to get a house and 7 acres. I buil a small pond 1/4 acre for irrigation and bc ive always wanted one lol. I done pretty well last summer selling mostly fruit trees that I ordered from large growers and some stuff that I rooted. Today I went to my uncles muscadine farm and got some hardwood cuttings. Anyway you do help keep me inspired and motivated.
That is absolutely awesome! Congratulations for doing such a great job!
Will hardwood cuttings work in the south. We have days where it is 70 degrees for 3 or 4 days. Then back below freezing for 3 or 4 days. Back and forth all winter.
Absolutely they should. It’s on those warm days when the cuttings are making roots. The warmer the soil the faster they make roots. Usually they leaf out and make roots at the same time.
Great info. How deep do you stick the cutting into the ground?
Once rooted just plant them like you would any small plant, not too deep. Unrooted? just make a slice in the soil, stick them in and tamp around them to remove any air pockets. Water thoroughly.
I have spent the last twelve months following your tips and I am extremely grateful as my success rate has grown tremendously.
I work at a centre for people with mental health problems and this as helped me and others.
I got caught up watching your excellent down to earth, and easy to understand video on taking cuttings and have not looked back.
Thank you Terry.
By the way we have not got snow but plenty of water in England at the moment.
Its proving very aggravating to get anything done when the man upstairs keeps soaking you every time you set foot outside the door.
Thinking of getting a boat at the moment.
You have not got a video on that have you?
No video, but I’ve dealt with that. Some years seems like no rain at all, other years all it does is rain.
Thanks Terry, I appreciate your kind words.
Alice Herron-Ray says
take a cutting from my Sir Harry Lauder walking stick ???? by the way do you know who he was? he was a Scottish Balladeer traveling around and performing. (OH, its nice to get up in the Morning when the sun begins to Shine at four or five or six o’clock in the good old summertime. or when the skies are murkey and your legs are near-rely numb OOOOHHHH its nice to get up in the morning….but its nicer to lie in bed! (Sorry about that ! couldn’t resist )
Alice Herron-Ray says
Didn’t quite get the words right, but its close
Your Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick will respond to layering much easier than it will to cuttings, but it will root from cuttings. It’s just that the success rate is not that great. More details here http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
I love the pics, they’re just beautiful! We don’t have that much snow down here in the Akron, Ohio, area, just the bitter cold;)
I too am very appreciative of all the gardening tips you give, and also believe that you “reap what you sow”! Keep those tips coming, I really need all the help I can get, I do not have a green thumb . . . Have a wonderful day, and stay warm . . . heard we have 6-10″ more snow coming tomorrow into Wednesday this week with another cold snap, whoohoo. Is it SPRING yet???
Good morning to you!
I really love your site and everything I have learned from you, I have a question my sister has a Japanese magnolia saucer is a very beautiful tree n she had it for many many years since she bought her house, now she is planning to cut it all and I very sad about it, could I cut a branch from the tree and plant it? The weather here is a bit cold at night but still sunny during the day(California ).
Thank you for everything you teach us, and may God always be by your side.
You can try now, just a six inch cutting. Take many of them. But ideally if you can wait until early summer you’ll have much better success doing this http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
PATTI LAW-POGGI says
DEAR MIKE, I THOUGHT HARDWOOD CUTTINGS HAD TO BE COVERED IN WHITE PLASTIC BAGS?? (DISHPAN) – I SEE YOURS ARE JUST OUT IN THE OPEN GROUND. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
That’s not the case at all. The plastic bag thing is really for softwood cuttings.
Charline Jolly says
Thanks for the beautiful snow pictures. We lived at Lake Tahoe wen my children were babies, and I remember the hush after a snowfall. So beautiful!. Mike, are you still losing weight? You look so much younger. You and Dustin could be brothers!
Thanks Charline. My goal is to maintain my weight. Probably wouldn’t hurt to lose a few more pounds, gained a few over the winter.
Rosa Jones says
Wow, I remember snow like that when I grew up in Germany. I’m in the South now and we get too much rain. Thank you for your interesting articles. Always enjoy reading them or looking at them on Youtube . Thanks Mike for lots of great videos. Learned already a lot.
Have a great Day …… Rosa
Thanks Mike for all the great tips. It’s snowing here tonight. I work near Reno, but love about 30 miles to the easy. What are some good plants for high desert to block sound. About 10 feet height max. It has to put up with hundred degree days in the summer and snow in the winter. My bulbs are just starting to poke through the dirt.
I don’t think I’m the best person to make plant recommendations for you zone. Murray cypress or other cypress. not sure what else.
Herb Waldron says
Hi Mike, I,m a new member and fast becoming a follower of your advise. The above pixs are GREAT. What a beautiful wonderland the snow makes… Here in Central Fl we are not so lucky to have snow…The worst we have experienced is our shallow birdbaths freeze over but thaw in a couple of hours when the sun rises….Love your emails…Till later
The snow is pretty, but this winter is dragging on. Really, really cold now for weeks at a time. Spring will be a welcome sight.
Ricki Johnson says
Here in Michigan the winter has been unbelievably harsh, and all–even the various 8′ tall dogwoods–are completely covered with snow. I am understanding that I could, conceivably cut “sticks” for hardwood cuttings to have a crop of small plants for late spring or early summer, but I would have to unbury the bushes and trees to get at them. Given the harshness of the winter, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to expose them, since the snow is probably both insulating them and supporting them from breakage. Any advice? Also, how well do Japanese coral bark maples produce from cuttings?(I’ve purchased your backyard growers system)
Ricki, the coral bark maple is going to be difficult from a cutting, most likely have to be grafted. Tough call on the dogwoods. The only dogwoods that you can do as hardwood cuttings are the shrub types. You can always wait and do them in June as softwood cuttings.
roy l mealer says
i would like to have some of the yellow willows. would you trade some of them for cream color berry nandia.just found them is some of the young plants im growing, have you ever seen this? i’ll try to get pic and send to you.
thanks enjoy you. roy
I really don’t have enough to trade, we have to grow these out to sell and to use as stock plants, I really can’t use any plants that are not properly labeled in my nursery. We need to know the correct botanical name in order to grow and sell it.
Mike there is no name jet. can’t find anyone that even seen a white!!!!!!looked everywhere on internet. thanks anyway just got 100 yellow willow and red twig dogwood.
Great pics Mike, I miss the snow i live in Tasmania but was born in England, we used to get snow just like this in the 1960’s (!) The hardwood cutting look great, Pussy Willows, have not seen one in years!
thelma "Missy" Rogers says
up until a few days ago my cuttings from last fall was doing good, .I checked them one day, two days later I checked them again , they were all dead what did I do wrong. they were azaleas and Forsythia’s and few odd and ends.
can I cut some more at this time and stick in the same sand? thanks
They might have dried out, caught to much winter wind, or they might be fine and just look dead. The ideal time to do most cuttings is early summer using this http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
Susan M. says
Wow it is so Gorgeous and White! Thank you for sharing your Beautiful Pic’s with us , and inspiring Gardening tools!
I have a question. Does the Golden Curls Willow , grow good in Florida?: And if so, how do i go about getting one.
Northern Florida maybe. They are a deciduous tree and need freezing weather so they can rest for the winter.
I’m in AZ, it’s 80, but will soon be 120 lol, I retired and am looking forward to living in SC, then I can garden again. Can’t wait. Love the pics.
Les Orlick says
Out here on the west coast we have cool to a mild freeze and I am a grower of olives. The trees I grow are strictly for oil and my main grove of 179 trees are fine. I want to propagate some more trees approx 90 more. Can you give me some pointers. I’ve tried in the past but had no good results. Could you give me a few pointers on what to use where to cut and all that kind of stuff. I have not had any luck in the past and I sure would like to know the secret. I have one of those machines with the water spraying underneath and the cutting goes through a plug. The kids down at the college use it for there fun smokes, but it should work for tree propagation. I would appreciate some pointers.
I don’t know much about olives, but most plants respond to this http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm if you take cuttings in the early summer. For you? Probably mid May.
Love the pictures, Mike. Down here in Florida, we don’t get to wake up to this majesty. Being a transplanted farm girl from Illiniois, I miss these views outside my windows on winter days! Thanks for sharing!
Doris Moore says
Do you raise Mulberry trees? If not where do you think would be the best place to buy one and to plant it? My husband went to buy me one and the guy sold him the bush instead of the tree, I love it, but I still would like to have a tree to produce fruit. Thank you for all your emails. I love the imformation on gardening and plants and trees and etc. I just lost my husband in Dec 2013 and he has planted trees and bushes and done a lot since we bought our place. He loved working in the yard. It is so hard without him but I want to keep things up the way he wanted if I can. Thank you again for so much imformation.
Doris Moore says
The snow is beautiful as well as your trees. We don’t get snow like that in Tennessee in the south part. I live in Lawrenceburg, down below Nashvile, so we don’t see snow that deep anymore. Years ago we got some deep snows but not so much anymore. Your place is beautiful and the snow. Lords knows how to bless us with Mother Nature.
roy l mealer says
you can get the mulberry trees from musser forests. they have been in business since 1928 , and have a lot of nice plants musserforests.com . they send me books.lots of luck… roy
Doris, You have our prayers on the loss of your husband. My wife, Joan and I both lost our first mates. We have both the purple and white Mulberries and would be glad to send you some FREE cuttings you could root up. With luck, in 3 years you could begin to eat a few fruit from them. God bless you in all you do. Jim & Joan Reed in Leakey, TX
Hi, your pictures are just great. Thanks for resending the propagataing book. My other computer croaked and I lost your book. Your snow pictures are just great. something funny though. I like to get really cool angles on pictures and I squated down low to get a good pictures and sat in the snow! Oops. 🙂
I would do your backyard system but I will get everything toing and then hurt for a few days and am tired after that so….But I may propagate some of my own plants. I have tons of them and a fancy new development down the street from my humble singlewide. But my singlewide looks really good though-Dark brown, white, taupe patterned siding and deep turquoise shutters. And of course trees and trees. 🙂 Have a good day. Jacqueline.
Melody Roberts says
I just wanted to let you know how very appreciative I am for all the things you have taught me, finding you was one of the best things that could have ever happened.
I noticed you have lost a lot of weigh and hope you are not ill, my heart would break if anything happened to you.
I believe strongly in Karma and know many good things are due you. Also I believe God has a very special garden waiting just for you when (many years from now) it is time for you to go home.
Have a great day….. I have to go now and make some Dirt Farmer’s Fudge.
I would hug tight you if I could,
Thank you very much. I lost the weight so nothing WOULD happen to me. I feel great!