|I would like to take cuttings off of my Japanese Red Maple. Is it possible to take root cuttings? I've tried to take stem cuttings, but for some reason I couldn't get them to root. Any help would be appreciated. I'm new at this, so please give details. Also, I'm moving soon; so whatever technique I use, I have to take the cuttings with me.|
|In my experience these are in fact very difficult to root. (That is one of the reasons the majority of Japanese maples are grafted rather than on their own roots.) |
According to James Dirr's Manual of Woody Plants, 6 to 8 inch softwood stem cuttings should be taken in July, wounded, treated with a strong rooting hormone, and stuck into a peat and perlite potting mix. They should be kept under mist until they have rooted (this can take months) at which point they should be left alone to undergo a normal winter dormancy or should be set under supplemental light and encouraged into active growth.
To be honest I have never seen mention of root cuttings for maples; this technique is generally only successful with nongrafted plants which tend to sucker naturally. Good luck with your project!