The Q&A Archives: Propagating Maples

Question: Each spring I get cuts from plants and trees of the last grow for propagating, usually I do it with success. When I do this with maple trees something unexpected happens.
The piece of branches planted in pots with soil looks ok in the first days, the cuts even start to make new leaves, these leaves live a couple of weeks and after they die together with the whole cut. I have done these in 2 diferent springs with maple Acer Palmatum Atroporpeum
I propagate lots of schrubs that way, what am I doing wrong ?? or do I have to considerate something with maples?

Answer: Japanese maples are generally propagated by grafting because they simply do not root well as cuttings -- as you have found. With Acer palmatum you can can also propagate by seed, either planting them yourself or digging seedlings found beneath the tree. The new plant may not quite match the parent but very often the resulting trees are quite pleasant.

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