How to Transplant Silver Maple Cuttings

Overview

Silver maple, sometimes called sugar maple, blooms as early as February and extends until May in the United States. Scientifically known as Acer saccharinum, it is a medium-sized tree that grows quickly and will reach a mature height of 75 to 100 feet. Silver maples in the wild grow on stream banks and near lakes, so they enjoy soil that is consistently moist. Often used as an ornamental in the home landscape, the silver maple is hardy in USDA zones 3a to 9b. Take your silver maple cuttings in May or June.

Step 1

Cut 4 inches of this year's growth from the tip end of a Silver maple branch. Remove all leaves except for three or four at the top.

Step 2

Scrape the lower end of the cutting, from the bottom to a half-inch up, with a sharp knife. Don't cut deeply, just scrape a bit of the outer covering.

Step 3

Pour a small amount of rooting hormone into a small dish or bowl and dip the cut end of the branch into the hormone. Tap the cutting lightly to remove any excess hormone and dispose of any left over in the bowl.

Step 4

Pour the sand into the pot, and wet it thoroughly. Once the water has drained, poke a hole in the sand with your finger or a pencil and push the cut end of the cutting into the soil. Pack the soil tightly around the cutting, then mist with the misting bottle.

Step 5

Place the pot with the cutting cutting in a shady area for one week, then move it to an area where it will receive at least four hours of sun per day.

Step 6

Mist the cutting daily to keep the sand moist. Depending upon the weather, this may need to be done several times a day.

Step 7

Find a location in your yard at least 20 feet away from the house and any other structures to transplant the silver maple cutting when it has new foliage.

Step 8

Dig a hole the same depth and width as the pot in which the cutting is being rooted, place the roots of the cutting into the hole and backfill with soil. Tamp around the base of the plant to remove any air pockets, then add a 2-inch layer of mulch around the the cutting, at least 3 inches from the base.

Step 9

Water the cutting until the water puddles. Keep the soil moist until the cutting is established in its new home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Knife
  • Coarse sand
  • Planting pot
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plant misting bottle
  • Mulch

References

  • USDA Forestry Service: Silver Maple
  • University of Texas: Acer saccharinum
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