Plants to Propagate in Winter

Fruiting Plum Trees - Rooted with Hardwood Cuttings
Fruiting Plum trees rooted through hardwood cuttings.

Winter is officially here! If you're reading this post you are probably thinking what I can do in the garden in winter? Well if you're a fan of plant propagation you should try some winter plant propagation! What plants you can propagate and at what time of the year largely depends on the type of wood you select for the cuttings. At this time of year we are looking at hardwood cuttings which can be taken from a number of different types of plants. Below is a list of a few plants to propagate in winter.

Plants to Propagate in Winter

  • Arborvitae
  • Caryopteris
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Dogwood (Cornus)
  • Forsythia
  • Fruit Trees (Peaches, Plums, and many others)
  • Grape Vines
  • Roses
  • Russian Sage (Perennial/sub-shrub)
  • Viburnum
  • Willow
  • Yew

This list is not extensive! In general try hardwood cuttings from deciduous plants in the winter. My thought is if you are intending to prune something, why not give it a chance to root? Take the leftover clippings and put them in a spare pot of soil/sand/peat and see if they root over the winter.

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