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How to Root Hardwood Cuttings
Step-by-step instructions for taking hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs and vines to root and grow new plants for the garden.
Melissa J. Will
with hardwood stems
Rooting hormone powder
Plastic food bag
Clean snippers with rubbing alcohol.
Choose straight, hardwood canes (from the past year) that are approximately 1/2″ thick.
Remove stem at base of stem below a leaf node and immediately place cut end in warm water or damp paper towel.
Prepare For Rooting
Cut stem on an angle above every 4th leaf node, working from base up.
Pinch off lower leaves from lower 3 leaf nodes, leaving one set at top.
Plant in Potting Mix
Dip lower 2-inches of stem in rooting hormone powder and tap off excess.
Place stem in potting mix, coarse sand, or other growing medium, burying lower 2-inches and secure in place.
Water & Grow Cutting
Water thoroughly and continue watering as needed never allowing potting mix to dry out.
Place in warm spot outdoors with indirect sun. Can be left outdoors over winter.
When roots are 1-3 inches long, transplant to garden.
See the video for a step-by-step walk-through.
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