starting pine trees by cuttings..now

xcaret(Calgary Alberta)December 21, 2009

In the fall I took a few cuttings off some ornamental pine trees ,they were more like bushes ,but I don't know their name. I striped the needles off them except for the end ones and put each one in a take-out coffee cup full of dirt.I watered them and now here in Alberta it's cold and my plants are in frozaen dirt. I'm wondering if 3 weeks of being froozen are long enough to be able to bring them inside to let them thaw and start growing.. Anyone try this yet??

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gardengal48

Well to begin with, pines do not take very well from cuttings (they are almost always propagated commercially from seed or by grafting) so your chances of success are limited.

Second, allowing the root mass - if there is any - to freeze is not a great idea. Roots of even very hardy plants are the parts most susceptible to cold damage. Typically they are protected by the insulating properties of the surrounding soil. Anything in a container and especially in a very small container like a take-out cup will be extremely vulnerable.

I've attached a link to a previous thread from the Conifers forum that discussed growing conifers from cuttings. There is some excellent info there as to the correct timing and methods involved that will hopefully be helpful to you.

Unfortunately, I doubt your current crop of cuttings will take given the methods you've outlined. And again, pines are extremely tricky to propagate via this method and most hobby growers don't even try. OTOH, starting them from seeds generally produces decent, if slow, results.

Here is a link that might be useful: rooting conifer cuttings

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