How to Propagate Citrus From Cuttings


A cutting is a young branch taken from a hearty citrus tree. Cuttings are the best means of propagating citrus trees as they ensure the variety chosen is one that will vigorously produce fruit. Rooting is the process of taking a cutting and growing it into a tree.

Step 1

Select fresh cuttings that are at least 1/8 inch in diameter and have some pliable wood present.

Step 2

Store the cuttings in water until ready to use to ensure they do not dry out.

Step 3

Use a sharp grafting knife to cut an angled tip onto one side of the cutting. Dip the cutting into root hormone.

Step 4

Plant the cutting, angled tip side down, in a pot and keep moist. Once the roots have outgrown the pot, transplant to desired location.

Things You'll Need

  • Root hormone
  • Small pot
  • Potting soil


  • Propagating Cuttings

Who Can Help

  • Root Hormone
Keywords: propagate citrus, rooting citrus cuttings, citrus propagation

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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.