Plant a tree starting with a branch

Want a great project to do with your kids that will help our environment? Plant a tree starting with the branch.

The best way to grow a tree from a branch is to take the most recent season’s growth, removing buds, flowers and some of the leaves on the branch. The plant must be kept in high humidity, and to achieve this, cover the pot with a bottomless milk carton, or place the pot in a plastic bag.

Planting a tree starting with the branch, known as stem cutting, is a common method used to grow trees. The best way to grow a tree from stem cutting is if the branch is from the most recent season’s growth. It’s best to cut the branch in early morning, because the plant is fully engorged at that point in the day. Older branches may not root. Heavily fertilized plants, especially fertilizer with nitrogen, may not root well.

Removing the buds and flowers helps to preserve energy for producing roots and not more flowers. Leaves on the lower third of the branch should be removed, but larger leaves can be trimmed down to conserve water. The time it takes for the branch to root is different with each species. Branches that have new roots flourish when they continue to grow and stabilize before the transfer into the ground.

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Winter Tree Pruning

Should trees be pruned in winter?

Tree pruning provides a variety of benefits to your trees and landscape. In addition to improving their appearance, trimmed trees will be safer and healthier. Pruning promotes plant health by removing dead or dying branches that have previously been injured by disease, insects, mites, animals, storms or people.

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Winter is a great time to prune trees.

Tree Pruning can be done at any time of the year; however, recommended times vary depending on the species. In general, the best time to prune most trees is any time during winter.

  • Better access

    The frozen ground gives the arborist access to areas that they would otherwise not be able to reach.

  • Better visibility

    Without foliage to obstruct views, structural problems are more visible, making it easier to make pruning decisions. This also reduces damage to under story plants such as perennials and annuals.

  • Between growing seasons

    Trees are dormant during winter. Which means fresh wounds will only be exposed for a very short length of time – just until the spring when new growth begins sealing new wounds.

  • Convenience

    On the practical side, it is easy for a homeowner or property manager to be inundated with outdoor projects in the spring and summer. So, why not reserve tree trimming for winter?

If you are interested in a winter tree pruning service, contact JT Tree Service at 317-674-2150 to schedule an appointment.

JT Tree Service

12071 E 131st St.

Fishers, In 46037