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Cuttings | Pooktre Tree Shapers
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Cuttings

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This video we show how we strike cuttings from wild plum stock.

 

 

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  • Jtroyer01

    Thanks for the great info…. How often do you water the sand?

    • Becky Northey

      You shouldn’t need to water the sand until the buds shoot on your cuttings in spring.

  • Sue Werner

    Excellent video.  I’ve often wondered about the “dip in water and rooting powder immediately” instruction.  I always tend to panic thinking I’m not doing it fast enough!
    Question 1:  What do you mean by the term “strike”?  You use it several times in the video.
    Question 2:  It is mid-winter here right now, but is -20 and much snow, no buds of any sort in site.  Can I do this same process indoors at this time of year?  Or should I wait ’til late fall once the trees have gone dormant and keep them indoors over winter.  OR, should I wait til the weather warms and look for the buds and do this quick this up-coming spring?  We’re about 18 weeks ahead of our last average frost date here on the Canadian Prairies.

    Wish our “winter” looked like your “winter”!

    • Becky Northey

      Thanks.

      Answer 1. Strike is a term that is used when talking about propagating
      by cuttings. It’s basically talking about causing roots to form.

      Answer 2. If wild plum grows in your area then do the cuttings in
      mid-winter. Ask your local nursery for more specific details, or someone
      you know who grows a great garden (most gardeners love to share
      knowledge) or maybe one of the garden forums that have people who also
      live on Canadian prairies could give you some more info.

      I love to see your winter at least once.

      • Sue Werner

        Thanks Becky.  I think I’m gonna play this one by ear.  If I feel the urge, I may tromp out to the orchard and do a few cuttings, or, more likely, will wait ’til spring, try a few and then again in the fall.  I’m lazy and/or patient!  

        We have about 30 plum trees, a few pears, almost 100 cherry trees [a "sour" cherry, bred to fruit here on the Prairies and which has turned out to be my most favourite tree] and, over 5,000 Saskatoons.  A Native Prairie fruit-bearing thornless shrub.  Grows 10 to 12 feet high and wide.  Fruits are size/shape of a blueberry but are dark purple, sometimes black and taste like a blueberry with a shot of almond extract.  They are related to the rose, apple family and have similar seeds to an apple which are proportionally smaller but noticeable to those who expect an almost seedless blueberry type fruit. http://www.stoons.ca [website under a re-design for this June]

  • I’ve tried cuttings with hormone powder but never had any success. Now I see what I did wrong:
    1) Plant in sand, not soil
    2) Immediately dip the cutting in water right after the cut is made…one by one.

    thanks for the great video

  • L Om

    Thank you for sharing this interesting project. I want to give it a go. Have you got any pictures of what it looks like in the spring?
    Also I wanted to ask you what powder you dip the cutting into? I couldn’t quite grasp the name, english is not my first language and not used to that accent…It sounded like ‘wholeman powder’. ???

    • Becky Northey

      The stuff is hormone power and Good Luck

  • David R. (Canada)

    This may be ok in a warm climate, but what if you’re in a cold climate? I’m in Canada (zone 3a). Are these to be left outside all winter to freeze? Should they be kept in the shade or left in the sun to defrost early in the spring? A late frost would certainly kill off all early buds that form.

    • Blackash

       I suggest ask your local nursery for more specific details, or someone

      you know who grows a great garden (most gardeners love to share

      knowledge) or maybe one of the garden forums that have people who also

      live on Canadian prairies could give you some more info.

    • Pooktre

      I suggest ask your local nursery for more specific details for your area, or someone

      you know who grows a great garden (most gardeners love to share

      knowledge) or maybe one of the garden forums that have people who also

      live in Canadian could give you some more info.

  • Ebethnord

    Propagating things like plum trees in temp. zones are done in the fall. Leave the cuttings outside sheltered from wind and sun, stop watering before the temp goes below zero and shelter them from spring sun, where you start to water again…NOT before you are certain of no nightly frost. 

  • Jswtopaz

    i loved this so interesting. i love nature.

  • Pereiramarianne

    Thank you Becky.  i found the video most interesting.

  • Neonblackberry

    I raise trees, love my work, admire yours! I have weeping birch, & several varieties of conifers; would any of them work in tree shaping ? I have the patience to wait for trees to mature into their forms…what about mountain ash? (Oregon, USA) I also have chokeberry to work with (Chokecherry) just eager & curious to try any thing

    • Becky Northey

       We mainly worked with the fruiting trees but I know of others who have recommend birch and ash. I suggest you to do a couple of trials with a few different tree species and see how it goes. Do find out the what sub-species they are as well, as trees can have different reactions even within a species type.

  • Ahanbander

    where can we buy hormone powder?

    • Pooktre

       Ask your local nursery.

  • ralph

    What type of sand do you use?  Or does’nt it matter.

  • littlefish

    hi there, awesome video, many thanks.   question: how long does one have between first pruning the branches and striking them?    have some trees that i would like to propagate whose parents are off site and it will take some time to go between cutting the branches off and getting to the place where the rooting will take place.   cheers.

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