We stick our softwood cuttings in June in a bed of sand outdoors. In a matter of weeks they are fully rooted Using this Plant Propagation System. We can pull them from the bed and pot them in the summer but I don’t unless I absolutely need them because summer potting can be stressful for freshly rooted cuttings. However, there are ways to minimize that stress.
When I pull them from the sand beit fall or summer I usually put them about 20 to 25 to a bunch like this
Then I put them into a pot like this with potting soil, not sand.
Once in the pot there are two different ways to handle them.
- Rooted Cuttings Pull in the Summer. When you pull rooted cuttings in the summer you have to be careful to damage as few roots as possible. When rooting in sand that is fairly easy because I just take a shovel and shove it under the rooted cuttings then kind of jack them up to loosen the sand, then one by one I can pull them out and shake off the sand. I put trim the tops as you see that I’ve done here. That does two things. One, it keeps them from wilting because it’s the soft new growth that is going to wilt. And two, it stops that upward growth and starts the cuttings filling out with multiple branches down low. Once that is done I place the pots next to the propagation bed where the spray nozzles are still working, this keep the freshly pulled cuttings moist and cool as they harden off. Once hardened off, usually about a week or two at most, they can be potted. But since it’s summer time, she should be shaded after potting until the summer sun starts to ease.
- Rooted cuttings pulled in the fall. I treat them the same way. But since it is fall and they are very close to going dormant I don’t have to put them next to the operating spray nozzles, I can just place them in an area where they get watered once a day. Then I pot them in early spring.
Right, wrong or otherwise I leave my bunches of rooted cuttings sitting out in the weather in these pots all winter long. Keep in mind, I’m in northern Ohio and it was just 2 degrees F. here two weeks ago and it can get colder than that.
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Hi Mike, I’m confused. In the instructions above it’s unclear about potting the roots after they are pulled from the sand. It says to put in pots after pulling them 1-2 weeks later to pot them. Can you clarify that for me?
If the cuttings are not dormant when pulled I put them in bunches. 25 to a pot and put them in a protected, shaded area where I can wet them several times a day to let them harden off before potting because of the shock of removing them from the sand. It’s really best to pull them when dormant, but not always feasible.
Laura Mae says
I am in zone 5/6. I want to ship a grape vine and several wolf berry plants bare root to a friend in zone 3 or 4. I’m trying to figure out when to ship.
Should I wait to ship them until my friends are able to dig a hole in the ground and plant them or is it a better idea to ship them sooner and have my friends heel in the plants?
If you can give me advice I would very much appreciate it!
You should ship them while they are still dormant. Here in Ohio that means that I would have to ship before April 15th if not sooner.
Laura Mae says
OK. Thank you very much!
Hello I am thinking about going part time nursery business. What plants or trees should I start with and where can I buy them.
Another question is have you ever bought from Spring Meadow Nursery and how was it.
You can buy just about everything you need in the way of plants at true wholesale prices in our members area. That’s why we allow people to test drive it at just $7.00. Will be open soon. http://backyardgrowers.com/join Here is our list of plants that are easy to grow and sell like crazy.
Hello Mike, I am in Oregon and I am starting a plant nursery. Do you know good nurseries online / In Oregon that are wholesale with low minimum prices? What plants should I be starting with that are easy and sell? I do not want to grow something that I will be stuck with and can’t sell.
If you are serious about this you need to test drive our members area. http://backyardgrowers.com/join, I can’t answer your questions here publicly but I and the other members will quickly and easily answer those questions for you as a member. We have tons of sources, including our own members who sell hundreds and hundreds of plants daily in our buy/sell area.
Thank you for responding. I’m thinking about joining and see how it is. When will the backyard growers open?And do you have any senior discount for me??? Please , thank you.. I WOUld really appreciate it and be blessed.
Most of our members are seniors. But the value is so great as a member that the price quickly becomes an irrelevant thing. And you can test drive it for 30 days for $7, it doesn’t get any better than that. Email Duston about getting in. I know it opens again in March, but he might get you in sooner if you want. [email protected] or [email protected]
Roger Buggle says
So Mike, is there any way I can buy any of your Lion’s Head cuttings? please reply, thanks
Off course Lion’s head has to be grafted so you’d need root stock. But I really don’t have any for sale. We do have members, http://backyardgrowers.com/join
, that do sell scion wood at this time of year.
I was wondering about this and if super duper cold weather, like we’ve had this December, could freeze and kill the roots in the pots. I put my pot cuttings in the ground and piled soil around them hoping they survive. Isn’t there a danger of plants in pots having their roots killed in zero and below temps?
As long as the plants are hardy in your area and the roots stay moist and not soggy they should be fine. It’s an amazing thing to watch, little tiny cuttings starting to make leaves after a really harsh winter.