Please could you recommend some simple plants to propagate from hardwood cuttings?
These are some of the easiest plants to propagate from hard wood cuttings-
Select wood which has had a full growing season to mature. Cut one year’s growth from the plant, removing the soft tip. The stem should be about pencil thickness. Cut into sections 15-30cm (6-12in) in length cutting cleanly above a bud at the top, with a sloping cut. Cut straight across at the base below a bud.
Cuttings of species that root easily can be planted directly out of doors in a sheltered site with well-drained soil. Place cuttings in a trench with a layer of sand in the base. Check the trench after frost and firm back if required. Cuttings should be left in place until the following autumn ensuring that they do not dry out.
The cuttings are inserted in the ground with two-thirds of the cutting below ground, as they will root along the stem. A few buds remain above the ground to allow the plant to grow away in spring.
If outdoor conditions are unsuitable or for slow rooting plants, bundles of 10 to 12 cuttings can be heeled into a frame filled with moist sand until the spring. Towards the end of March to early April, before the buds break, make a trench 12.5cm (5in) deep and line out the cuttings 10-15cm (4-6in) apart at the same depth as overwinter (two-thirds submerged). If you need more than one row, space them 30-40cm (12-16in) apart. Firm the soil around the cuttings.
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