How to Replant Tree Cuttings


Rooting the cuttings of trees is a good way to grow more than one tree of its kind. It saves you money and allows you to grow a tree that is exactly like one that you like. Maybe you are moving to a new home and want to take part of your favorite tree with you. It is possible, if you follow certain steps, to take a limb or cutting and root it so that it can be planted.

Step 1

Pull your cutting from the main stem of the plant. Try to get a cutting from low on the tree, this will be a newer cutting and will have a better chance of survival. This should be done in late fall when the tree is about to go dormant. The tree and the cutting will suffer the least amount of damage during this time.

Step 2

Remove all of the stems and leaves on the bottom four inches of the cutting. This will be the portion of the plant that will go into your soil for rooting and stems and leaves will begin to rot if they have constant contact with the moist soil. The wet rotting leaves will eventually destroy the tree while it is establishing its roots..

Step 3

Dip the ends of your clipping into a hormone powder. You can purchase a hormone powder from your local nursery. This is specifically used to help a plant sprout roots.

Step 4

Plant your cutting into a good all-purpose potting soil. The cutting should be planted 2 to 3 inches down into the soil. It will not take long for your cuttings to take root and the majority of them will be successful.

Step 5

Water your tree cutting and place it in a warm, sunny window. A southern window is best. The cutting should be free from draft and cold temperatures until it is well established. Keep the soil moist and do not allow it to dry out. You will probably need to water the tree every other day. You can add an inch of mulch on top of the soil to help the cutting maintain moisture.

Step 6

Plant your cutting into a larger container once it begins rooting. The tree will need to grow to a larger size before you transplant it into your yard--this will increase the chances of survival for your tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vase
  • Hormone powder
  • Soil


  • Tree Cuttings
  • North Carolina State
Keywords: Replanting tree cuttings, Care of tree cuttings, Growing trees

About this Author

Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.