Propogating a Weeping Cherry Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Waynesville, NC
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Question by tramey4
February 11, 1998
I have a weeping cherry tree, and I would like to know if it is possible to propogate cuttings from an existing tree, and if possible, when and how. Also, how quickly do weeping cherry trees grow?

Answer from NGA
February 11, 1998
If yours is a Japanese Weeping Cherry (Prunus subhirtella), then they are very fast growers, as trees go. You can root cuttings of firm, young wood during the active growth phase in late spring/early summer.

Take a 4-5" cuttings from the new growth. Remove the bottom leaves (keep the leaves on the upper one or two nodes) and dip the base of the cutting in a rooting hormone, such as Dip 'n Grow. Place the prepared cutting in a moistened soilless mix in a sunny indoor location. Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag so the soil mixture doesn't dry out, but leave then end open for air circulation. In a few weeks, roots will form, and you can move the cutting to a larger container.

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