The Q&A Archives: Propagation Of Bittersweet

Question: How and when do we propagate our bittersweet. We have well established plants that give beautiful berries in the fall. We have been asked by friends to share, so we would like to know how to do this?

Answer: Bittersweet can be propagated from softwood or greenwood cuttings in early summer. Softwood cuttings are of new growth that is not yet firm. They should be about two inches long, with two-three pairs of leaves at the top of the stem. Insert the cuttings into the planting medium, just up to the lowest leaves. Rooting hormone may be used, but is not essential. If possible, place the cuttings in a covered environment (a mini greenhouse) and provide bottom heat. Greenwood cuttings are similar, but the tissue has just begun to firm.

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