Ask a Question forum: Sprouting branches from "buried" hugel wood

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Name: Annabelle
Denver CO (Zone 5b)
Mar 11, 2014 3:15 PM CST
I've created new plants simply by burying small branches of currant bushes; I have also forced branches from cherry and redwood and forsythia bushes. I just created my first hugul using branches and twigs and wonder if I'll wind up with a bunch of sprouted grape, cherry, redbud, and lilac shrubs from the pieces of branches that I used under the straw/compost/topsoil. The branches/twigs were all cut a while ago and lying outside, but I noticed several of them had formed buds despite being severed from their source. Anyone have shrubs sprout in their huguls?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Mar 11, 2014 5:15 PM CST Admin

I've had sweet gum sprout! Pretty amazing to see it happen, actually. I just pull the sprouts off and keep going. I think I recall @grizzlyjoe had cottonwood sprout up through his hugelkultur bed.
Name: joseph wittenberg
high desert (Zone 8b)
Permaculture Region: California
Mar 12, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Yep, I had a cottonwood sprout from my hugel pile. In a year it grew about 4 feet and now hopefully will provide a little shade so I can get a diverse mix in the bed.

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