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how do i take a cutting from a conifer.



Conifers bring structure and year-round interest to a garden. Cuttings can be taken from late summer to the end of autumn. All but the very slowest growing varieties of conifers will root from cuttings.

What to do
Choose small, healthy shoots about 7.5cm - 10cm (3-4in) long and pull off gently from the plant, removing a sliver of darker wood.
Neatly trim this with sharp secateurs and remove leaves from the bottom third of the cutting.
Dip the cut end of each cutting into hormone rooting powder or gel.
Fill a pot with free-draining compost, level and firm.
Insert several cuttings around the edge of the pot, pushing a third of them into the compost. It may help to make a small hole first.
If you're growing several varieties, label pots and finish by watering.
Place in a sheltered spot, out of direct sunlight and wait for cuttings to root over the next 12 months.

6 Apr, 2009

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