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West Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
RockGardener
Apr 27, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Yesterday, one of our utilities mowed down a row of cedar trees that have been struggling to grow for nearly 30 years. We would like to get starts off them before it's too late, but have no idea how. Can anyone here help? I found nothing in the subjects. Thank you.
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Bubbles
Apr 27, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Welcome @RockGardener I found a youtube video on propagating cedar trees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

There were other videoes, but this one seemed to be most helpful. So sorry about the cedars. Hope this helps. At least take some cuttings now and get them into water to hydrate them until you can get to them to plant. Thumbs up
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McCannon
Apr 27, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Welcome @RockGarden. I've never tried to start cedars from cuttings but here's a couple links that might point you in the right direction, along with @Bubbles video.. We have cedars growing along our property line but they were all started from seedlings dug out of a neighbors yard.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/r...

https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...
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sooby
Apr 27, 2017 3:41 PM CST
Welcome!

Do you know what kind of cedar they are? It's the common name of several different plants but since it's a hedge I'm assuming they were Eastern white cedar or Thuja occidentalis? Do you know why they were struggling to grow for 30 years and whether you will be able to provide whatever it was they were lacking?

I hate to be discouraging but since they were cut yesterday I have a feeling it may be too late to take cuttings from them now, but there's no harm in trying - or are the remains of the bases still alive?
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Weedwhacker
Apr 27, 2017 6:17 PM CST
I was going to ask what type of cedar they are, as well; white cedar is one of the dominant species on our property, they seed themselves like crazy in my garden. Truthfully, if yours were "struggling for 30 years," I don't think it will be worth your time to try to root cuttings, wait for them for "take," and then wait for them to grow... why not try a different species that might be happier? Definitely a bummer that they got mowed down, though!
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McCannon
Apr 27, 2017 6:54 PM CST
It wasn't clear if they were the OP's trees or maybe some nearby. Our 30+ year old trees are around 30' to 35' tall and obviously it takes many years to grow them from seedlings or cuttings. But, it's still a pleasure to watch them grow. I have many trees on the property that I will never see reach full height.
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West Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
RockGardener
Apr 28, 2017 12:29 AM CST
Thank you everyone for all your answers. We did go over and get several branches this afternoon. It rained nearly all of last night, so we're hoping that kept them wet enough until we got to them. We ordered rooting compound from Amazon that will be here Saturday, and, luckily, we have sand just across the road. We'll keep our fingers crossed. One of them was probably near 30 ft. tall, and the others around fifteen. Aside from the fact that they are so slow to grow, the ground here is bad. We live at the top of a high ridge in that hilly area of west central Indiana, and most of our topsoil washes over the cliff, leaving us with hard clay. Again, thank you all for the good advice and for the warm welcome.

We aren't certain what kind they are, but they could be red ceders.

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sooby
Apr 28, 2017 4:41 AM CST
If you have enough material, I would start some immediately rather than waiting for the rooting compound. The longer they are detached from the plant the less likely they are to root.
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McCannon
Apr 28, 2017 6:06 AM CST
@RockGardener I'm glad you were able to salvage some branches. Good luck with your rescue plan and let us know how it's working. It's always nice to watch new trees start to grow. I found a couple small seedlings growing in a load of wood chips, potted them up and put them under the grow lights along with my vegetable seedlings. It looks like I'll have 2 nice oaks to plant shortly.
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