Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings


Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings

To share information on propagating plants such as fruit and nut trees and bushes or any food growing plants, herbs or beneficial companions for which seed growing is not so viable or reliable

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I collected some old almond cuttings from an 1880s orchard was wondering how best to try and grow them? Can i graft them onto maybe a peach or apricot?  Or would I be better to try and grow them as…Continue

Started by Denise Jun 24, 2014.

Seedling Plum Trees 6 Replies

We have seedling plum trees coming up here and there.  I have saved a few and given them space in the orchard but I'm not sure if they are worth waiting for.  Does anyone have experience of seedling…Continue

Started by Janine Williams. Last reply by Blockhill Sep 4, 2013.

Chilean Guava cuttings, blueberry and pomegrante cuttings??? 5 Replies

Hello,so I have took a few cuttings from my Chilean Guava (Myrtus ugni), did not apply rooting hormone, yet around half of them rooted when just stuck into some potting mix, left outside in the heat…Continue

Started by Luke Fullard. Last reply by marie therese ward Jan 30, 2013.

Scionwood 5 Replies

Does anyone have any scionwood to sell/trade?I am looking for Seckle or Winter Nelis or other old fashioned pears and a decent old fashioned peach.I have the following available: Calville Blanc…Continue

Started by Todd Saunders. Last reply by Jacob Verbeek Jul 25, 2012.

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Comment by Tara McFarlane on October 15, 2012 at 10:50am

Hi all


I'm looking for some hydranga cuttings for along my driveway.  The driveway is about 65m long, and I have planted out some in camillias already, but am looking for about 12 good sized cuttings to start along the bare bit.
I am in Bombay - South Auckland, so anywhere local(ish) would be fantastic.
Willing to swap some home made jam or quince jelly if you're interestred.




Comment by David Bell on August 2, 2012 at 10:05pm

Christy, planting the runners is best, although you are very late. Ideal time for you would be mid-May. However, even now will give you some sort of crop before Christmas.

Two-year old plants are past their best. If you really need them, by all means divide them. Split off the sides with roots, plant, fertilise as usual.

Comment by Christy Ralphs on August 2, 2012 at 9:09pm

strawberries - i have runners, but also wondering about the crowns themselves - they are 2 years old, coming up to third season, the crowns are quite big - should i divide them? does it actually help revitalise them? if anyone has experience am interested in your comments.

Comment by Andy on July 15, 2012 at 1:24pm

A success report

I propagated 5 varieties of my Mulberry (Morus sp.) with 95% success rate.
I used Yates Clonex Purple Rooting Hormone Gel

A self mixed propagation medium:

  • 50% Vermiculite middle grain (horticulture grade) - provides oxygen and holds water. Is sterile.
  • 40% Seed starting soil - provides a little bit of food to the plant when is has started to develop the first roots. Is sterile.
  • 10% Kid sand pit sand - give more "contact" to the soil and the vermiculite. Is sterile.

In reused 2 litre milk container
I heated the bottom of the container with heat mats to 24°C for several weeks until new shoots and leafs grown.
Room (leaf) temperature approx. 15°C.
Day light length with LED lamp to 16h extended to get sure the plant enter the grow state.

Everything extra low cost, student budget.

Comment by David Bell on December 31, 2011 at 5:22pm

Careful of pomegranate cuttings, they grow like weeds.


Take small cuttings just after leaf fall. Plant in soil or compost, set in firmly, keep well watered and drained. Mine all took without rooting hormone. And, careful. The thorns are sharp.

Comment by David Bell on December 22, 2011 at 9:01am
You have a long wait to find out, I guess about 10 years, maybe longer. Best bet is to graft on to older stock, in which case, with luck, only 5 years to wait. (Damsons are reputed to take 21 years from grafting).
Comment by Lorraine Barnett on August 30, 2011 at 10:16pm

Grafting Demonstration

Sustainable Rangitikei in Marton has a member talking about and Demonstrating Grafting Thursday at 7pm

373 Wellington Road, Marton if you are around here, you are welcome to come along. 


Comment by Denise on August 11, 2011 at 9:16pm
Think I can answer my own question, read that they are different families, so am guessing that its not possible.
Comment by Denise on August 8, 2011 at 1:23pm

I have another question!  Is it possible to graft a sweet chestnut onto a horse chestnut or are they different families?  I have 2 horse chestnuts I was going to cut out but thought maybe they could have a new lease on life.

I've collected the scion wood from my special apple, poor thing half the tree has broken off over winter its rotten in the trunk.  Am waiting till things start moving in the spring...

Comment by David Bell on July 27, 2011 at 4:45pm

Five branches, 5 grafts. Can be apple, pear or quince, or any combination of same.

Carevully cut off the branches from one tree now, collect your scion wood, and wait for spring.


Grafting needs that you join the graft right at the edge of the bark, sap wood to sap wood.

More info if you want it.


Wrap well with grafting tape.


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