The Q&A Archives: Rooting Cuttings from Conifers

Question: After donating my father's dwarf conifers to an arboretum, I have been left with a few that deer have eaten the top leaders off. I would like to take cuttings from these. When and how do I do this? We live about 20 miles east of St. Louis.

Answer: Cuttings of most conifer species are not difficult to root. Take pieces, up to 5 inches long, in fall or winter to root in a closed frame in the greenhouse (or coldframe). Use lateral shoots of current season's wood. Shoots of Juniper species require a heel or small piece of the main shoot from which the cutting is pulled.

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