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Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
John - I'm getting some ROD cuttings from my state nursery - 25 of them. If I stick them in their final planting spot & cage them, would I want to cut them back as suggested above in post #17 at planting ?? Or do I just let them take off and grow ?? ( I don't know how big / tall theses cuttings will be - I never ordered ROD before ).
 

John-W-WI

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John - I'm getting some ROD cuttings from my state nursery - 25 of them. If I stick them in their final planting spot & cage them, would I want to cut them back as suggested above in post #17 at planting ?? Or do I just let them take off and grow ?? ( I don't know how big / tall theses cuttings will be - I never ordered ROD before ).

Plant them as deep as you can and try not to leave any more than 1/3 of the cutting above the ground. Get a minimum of 10 - 12 inches in the ground. If they are much longer I would remove some of the cutting, leave one or two bud pairs above ground.

I _highly_ recommend a ground cover of some kind (anaerobic tolerance of ROD is high, so you can use fabric or plastic) to keep the competition down.

Good luck!

-John
 

Bowsnbucks

5 year old buck +
I'll use landscape fabric that's breathable like I do around our fruit trees. I have no idea what to expect as far as the length of these cuttings will be. I hope they'll be at least 10" long or longer. Whatever the length, I'll go by your 2/3 in-ground, 1/3 above ground rule. Thanks John, for the info !!
 

Barndog56

5 year old buck +
Does anyone know how to do black raspberries. I want to get a patch started. I tried some transplants I dug.

Black raspberry plants do all the work for you. In the fall you'll notice branches that bend over and reach the ground. When the tip of the branch reaches the ground it will take up root all by itself. The following spring, before it's come out of dormancy, cut off the branch about 6 inches above where it's taken new root, dig it up, and transplant.
 

Bill

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Does anyone know how to do black raspberries. I want to get a patch started. I tried some transplants I dug.

Been studying up on this since it was first asked. No hard wood cuttings. Wait til spring and take softwood cuttings. "New spring growth". Everything I read says keep them in the shade, plant them in a mix, mist them twice a day, bla bla. In my experience with soft cuttings take them soft poke them in jar full of water until you get good roots. Then plant them.

Also learned like bar dog said, that you can bend an exiting blackberry over, bury the end and it will put down roots and send up a shoot. Then you can sever the initial stem and have a new plant.
I'm willing to say if you bend one over and cover it. Just walk away, it will grow and do its thing.
 

Red Picqua

5 year old buck +
Been studying up on this since it was first asked. No hard wood cuttings. Wait til spring and take softwood cuttings. "New spring growth". Everything I read says keep them in the shade, plant them in a mix, mist them twice a day, bla bla. In my experience with soft cuttings take them soft poke them in jar full of water until you get good roots. Then plant them.

Also learned like bar dog said, that you can bend an exiting blackberry over, bury the end and it will put down roots and send up a shoot. Then you can sever the initial stem and have a new plant.
I'm willing to say if you bend one over and cover it. Just walk away, it will grow and do its thing.

exactly.. same for hazelnuts. droop a branch or branches over in the fall bury the in the dirt. Come spring you should have roots on them. I do the same with ninebark, nannyberry, serviceberry, and wild plums. Think of it as someone told me.. "bury the berries." :)
 

IkemanTx

5 year old buck +
Bill nailed the list.... The only thing I can add of off the top of my head is button bush.

I can guarantee anything listed here grows from cuttings, because that's how I planted them :emoji_nerd::

http://www.bigrocktrees.com/

Some of the shrubs are more difficult to get to take than the willows/hybrids.

I've tried crab apples / apples with VERY limited success.

I've never tried any blackberry/raspberry... Now you have me thinking!

-John

Just bookmarked your website. Great product list and great prices.

Would the mixed B grade willows be useful for bank stabilization? I've got a creek that was dozed into a straight line several decades ago, and it is slowly widening over the years.


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John-W-WI

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Just bookmarked your website. Great product list and great prices.

Would the mixed B grade willows be useful for bank stabilization? I've got a creek that was dozed into a straight line several decades ago, and it is slowly widening over the years.


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That's one of the primary uses for them.

As long as it's wet and you keep the competition down they will grow like weeds.

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Barndog56

5 year old buck +
Utility company cut down my big poplar tree today. How big of a branch can I stick in the ground and get going?



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John-W-WI

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Utility company cut down my big poplar tree today. How big of a branch can I stick in the ground and get going?



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Was that tree a hybrid poplar?

If so anything under 1.5 inches should do fine. 1 inch and under would be better.

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Barndog56

5 year old buck +
I have no idea. Bought the place 2 years ago. The tree was at least 75 feet tall.

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John-W-WI

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I have no idea. Bought the place 2 years ago. The tree was at least 75 feet tall.

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If it wasn't a hybrid, it won't grow from cuttings.

All hybrid poplar are a cross between poplar and cottonwood which makes them readily root from hardwood cuttings.

Your tree was likely a native poplar (often aspen actually).

-John

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Barndog56

5 year old buck +
That's disappointing. Thanks John.

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Bill

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If they didn't treat it, it should stump sprout.
 
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