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West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
MaestroDT
Dec 10, 2018 2:26 PM CST
Well, I'm sure you've guessed it. We bought a Christmas tree and it's a Douglas Fir. I read that on a lot of pine trees, you can propagate a cutting by taking a 12'' branch and ... well, I don't remember all the details.

I was wondering if that works even after the tree has been cut down. There's a couple excess branches I could clip off and try to make tiny bonsai trees out of (if that's possible -- I love experimenting).
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Dec 10, 2018 4:05 PM CST
It probably would depend on how long ago it was cut but there is really no reason not to try. You have nothing to lose.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 10, 2018 4:39 PM CST
This is from "The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation" by Michael A Dirr and Charles W. Heuser, Jr.:

Cuttings from current seasons growth on 10 - 12 year old trees in December or January. Use branched terminals and first order laterals. Use rooting hormone and bottom heat. It doesn't look like the chances of success are real great as the book doesn't give a percentage survival (it usually does). But grafting is only successful 50% of the time.

Even if you root one, the chances it will live in zone 10 are not good. They require cool temps and acidic soil - both hard to come by in Florida.
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West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
MaestroDT
Dec 10, 2018 4:41 PM CST
Yes. Very valid points. So most likely won't work, and even if it does, it probably wouldn't live... but I'm curious so I'm gonna try it anyway.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 10, 2018 5:30 PM CST
Let us know your results.
Porkpal
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 10, 2018 5:51 PM CST
Yes, I'd like to know how you do too. Smiling
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10b)
MaestroDT
Dec 10, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Well, I stripped some cuttings and stuck them in seed starter formula. I'll let you guys know in six weeks Hilarious!

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