What are and when are woody cuttings obtained?

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A relatively easy and fast way to obtain new specimens from our plants is to multiply them by cuttingswhich are pieces of branches put to root. It is also very economical, since you only need rooting hormones, a pot or container with holes through which the excess water can come out and, of course, a plant that you can cut.

Of all the types there are, some of the easiest to obtain are the woody cuttingsthat is, those that have already lignified. But, Do you know when they are obtained and how they are planted? Not? Well, you’ll find out right away.

When and how are woody cuttings obtained?

Woody cuttings are usually obtained in springbefore the plant resumes its growth. At that moment a branch can be cut without fear that it will lose an excessive amount of sap, and at the same time, knowing for sure that we will have a greater chance of it taking root. Unfortunately, we can never be 100% sure that luck will smile on us, as this is influenced by various factors (irrigation, substrate, location).

The correct way to obtain them is by cutting a branch that measures at least 40 centimeters with a hand saw previously disinfected with pharmacy alcohol, and making an oblique cut (not straight).

How are they planted?

Potted woody cuttings

Potted Woody Cuttings

Once the woody cuttings have been obtained, it is time to put them to root. For it, we will moisten the base with water and then we will impregnate it with rooting hormoneseither powder or liquid. Thus it will be very possible for them to take root. So that everything goes even better, We will plant them in a pot with a very porous substrate, such as akadama mixed with 30% kiryuzuna. These types of substrates, being volcanic sand of medium-large grain, will allow the cutting and its future roots to be always aerated, which will prevent the appearance of fungi.

Finally, we place them in an area protected from direct sun and we water about three times a week.

Following these tips, our cuttings could root after 1-2 months.

Good luck!

What are and when are woody cuttings obtained?

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