This weekend we ventured up to my wife’s parents house. I’m always looking for something plant or garden related to get into so I braved the 30 degree temperatures for a little while to see what I could find. I decided to take some more dwarf English Laurel Cuttings (Prunus laurocerasus popular varieties are ‘Otto Luyken’ and ‘Schip Laurels’.) in the front yard. I just can’t help myself. When there is an opportunity to get new plants I take it!
Rooting a Dwarf English Laurel
I took four cuttings back in the fall and managed to get them to root fairly easily and from what I’ve read others have found that they are extremely easy to root. If you haven’t tried propagating plants before English laurels (Prunus laurocerasus) might be a close second behind willows as an easy plant to propagate and might be a good one to try.
These plants look great when full grown. Here is a picture of one the mother plants where I took my cuttings. I suspect this is ‘Otto Luyken’ as it is the most common one planted in this area but I don’t know for sure.
I ended up taking eight cherry laurel cuttings and followed the same standard cutting procedure as I did for the pyracanthus I posted about earlier in the week. Below you can see the 8 cuttings arrayed on the paper towel. (I used a wet paper towel to help maintain their moisture until I had a chance to plant stick them.)
The cuttings are about 6 to 8 inches in length. I stripped the bottom leaves away from the cuttings. That’s where roots will eventually form.
I used two old Gatorade drink bottles for temporary propagating pots. Nearly any container, if properly cleaned, can be used for this. For these cuttings I used sand as the rooting medium but you could also use a peat/vermiculite type of mix. (Edit for 2020 I’m currently rooting a lot of my plants in organic potting soil.)
Winter is a good time to take cuttings of many evergreens just like these dwarf English laurel cuttings. I kept these little laurels inside until the warmer weather came to stay. Cuttings that have already been outdoors for a while can be fine if kept outdoors or in a sheltered location.
2020 UPDATE: Two of the dwarf English laurel cuttings were planted at my parent’s house where today they are about 4ft x 4ft with routine pruning.