Taking hardwood cuttings in winter is really an easy way to propagate new plants and requires very little work that can offer big rewards. These Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) cuttings were taken yesterday February 7, 2016 at the urban garden in the dead of winter.
By sometime in May these little sticks will have rooted and have leaves on them ready to be planted into the yard or in pots to grown out and be sold next year.
I think as an avid gardener that the most amazing thing is that while we are still in the middle of winter I am able to go outside and do some gardening helping to alleviate some of the cabin fever many gardeners feel in the winter time.
While this little project took only about 30 minutes from start to finish when I was done I felt a sense of accomplishment and my whole attitude was much more upbeat and I felt a little more energized. it is also nice to know that next year that 30 minutes will have made me over $100.00 if I sell just 20 of those plants at next years plant sale.
Hardwood cuttings are probably one of the easiest things to do when it comes to propagating new plants of deciduous shrubs. This method will work for most all of the flowering shrubs. Timing is everything they say and so it is with hardwood cuttings you need to wait until after a hard freeze before you start taking cuttings. A hard freeze is when the temperature drops below 32 degrees for a day or two.
Here in the Chicagoland area the time for doing hardwood cuttings is usually the end of November until the end of February or the beginning of March before the buds start to swell. Other than that the only other factor is days which you feel like going out and doing some cutting. Even in bad winters there are those sunny days that make you want to go and get outside for a little while and what a perfect time to take some cuttings.