By Duston On December 8, 2010
Posted in: Trimming & Pruning Tips
This video was very educational.
I learned a lot from it.
This was a great video, Mike! I’ve never seen this method before. One question, do you have to put the bucket in a sunny spot or can it be in the shade? I live with woods surrounding my yard so that is a big concern for me.
Very Interesting. Could you post a video on how to do evergreen shrub cuttings?
Very good info…thanks!
Good video! Thanks! I did have a little trouble seeing what you were doing as the dark branches blended in with the dark clothes. When you plant these out, do you keep them covered for a few weeks?
Hi Mike, Again, very good. Will this method work where I live ? (border line of zones 3-4)
I too would really like to see something with evergreen cuttings, I haven’t had any success with them yet. Thank You for all of the great advice throughout the years, you’re definitely a garden guru, please keep up the good work.
Can this be done with fruit trees like plums or peaches?
Can you do rosebushes like that.
linda you keep them buried until the next spring around may 15, once the danger of frost is gone.
Andrew, I think she was asking about when she took them out of the pail and planted them…
Thanks for your wonderful ideas and videos. A question, will the mother plant withstand so heavy pruning this time of the year?
I’m planning to do the same with my grapevine but I’d like to know I won’t kill the mother vine.
Harry, no you won’t harm the parent plant. Woody plants like to be aggressively pruned.
How long until these would be ready to put out for sale?
Mike: your tips regarding gardening are extremely useful….would like to go outside and begin a project but our snow climate does not permit this, as yet………..I am a spring/summer person and do not like fall/winter as it inhibits the growing season………….enjoy all your information as it is short and to the point – easy to ujnderstand and remember……thanks, Gloria
Is there a way to do pine trees other than seed??
William, you might have some success this way, http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm, but most are grown from seed or grafted onto seedlings.
OMG! I am so amazed at this method. I’ve never heard of it before or seen it. I am going to have to try this with my Potentia (not sure of the spelling there). I never would have thought to turn the cuttings upside down. Way to go Mike!
I lost one of my yellow flowering bushes to drought in the winter…from then on I try to water in the winter once a month. I’m going to do it! Thank you for the tip! It makes perfect since to bury it so it doesn’t freeze and the warmth is almost like composting it. Wow! I’ve got to do this.
You go Colorado, but don’t overlook this method: http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm it’s even easier.
Don’t bury the Japanese Maple cuttings, I’m sure they won’t root. But you might get them to root in the Homemade Plant Propagation System.
I bet I can grow those Japanese maples after all
Really interesting and well done. I haven’t seen this method before. I thought plants were best pruned in early spring … ‘course these are trees or shrubs, but still … quite a different way.
Even so, I believe you know you’re stuff, so I’ll have to try it.
Thanks for this video.
PS You’re website is looking more terrific every time I visit. Congratulations!
PPS A wonderful holiday to you and your family.
Patricia, I’ve turned over my website to my son Duston. He now does all of the editing, images etc. He created this blog, edits the videos and does all kinds of other things. Expect a lot out of us in 2011.
Great video on plant propagation. It had some very good, useful, “I want to try this !” ideas.
You mentioned a few hardwood/deciduous shrubs by name. Would this video presentation be the same procedure for Rhododendron, Azalea, Hydrangea, and Hibiscus ? Also, with Vermont’s frost line being deeper that Ohio’s, I would have to use something (bucket) deeper than the one shown on your video, wouldn,t you say ?
Am enjoying the emails and presentations immensely. Keep them coming !!!
Hugh, Even though this method can be succesful, the number of plants you can do this way is limted. However, you can do almost anything thing this way and you do it when the weather is warmer. http://www.freeplants.com/homemade-plant-propagation.htm
Great video. Thanks so much!! Quick question…do you check to be sure that the soil stays moist? I’m in zone 5b so it gets pretty chilly here and I’m afraid that bucket might just freeze shut.
It wouldn’t hurt to wet the soil again over the winter, but if the bucket freezes just roll with it until spring.
I love your emails and videos. You are so gracious with your free advice!! thank you.
My sister bought your whole system last year. We have learned so much from you.
Thank you Cathy! I’m glad your sister is enjoying the Backyard Growing System. Join the Backyard Growers Group, you will be amazed.
Hi Mike: Always great info and videos have learned a lot, thank you. P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Donald
I am buying a large bucket with lid to get started rooting hard wood cuttings as you demonstrate. Can I use your method for BeautyBerry Bushes and Blue Chaste trees?
I don’t honestly know. The cut and bury method is limited to certain woody plants. But just about anything can be one like this:
Nice going, Mike. Will this method work with various hollies and burning bush?
Hi Chris, I’m just getting to some of these comments. You can do hollies and burning bush as hardwood cuttings, but don’t bury them. Just stick out in a bed. But I’d wait til spring because they are much easier to do as softwood cuttings.
will this work with lilac bushes?
Jan, probably not. Lilacs work a lot better as softwood cuttings in June. We’ll discuss those methods in the spring.
Mike, I keep getting dropped from your mailing list. My nursery name is Timberline Nursery. I bought your growing information some time back, but this is the second time I have been dropped. Would you please add me back to your list. I will start selling my plants this spring and need your information. Thanks in advance, Dennis
Dennis, if you have my Backyard Growing System you need to be on the Backyard Growers list. Contact Kathy in the office and she can help you. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure you give her your name and address so she can locate you in the database.
Mike, will this method still work if I don’t take cuttings until early to mid January?
Yes, it should work all through January. Don’t dig them up in the spring until all danger of frost has past.
thanks video great just tried it with rose of sharon would this work with carmine cherries
Mike, the rose of sharon should be fine, but I’m not sure about the cherries. Works great for sandcherries and Pink Flowering Almond which is in the prunus family.
Fascinating, Mike! And very helpful and informative. Thanks.
Informative videos, thanks…
Would it be an issue to mix bundles of different plants in the bucket for the winter? i.e. I have forsythia, rose of sharon and grapes here I would like to try this with. Would it be a problem to throw a bundle of each into the same bucket? Or should I use seperate buckets for seperate species?
would love to try this but I live in a trailer park the gound is to rockey and hard to dig can I put the smaller bucket inside a bigger bucket filled with dirt.
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