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How to Propagate Citrus Trees From Cuttings

By Justin Otto

Citrus trees are lovely trees to have around. They not only provide fruits, but also have wonderful-smelling blooms in the spring. Growing citrus trees is not hard to do and is a good way to generate some extra income as well. Learn how to grow new citrus tress from cuttings for planting or for sale.

Take cuttings from the ends of old growth branches at least 6 inches long.

Remove all leaves except the top bit of foliage.

Cut the bottom of the cutting at a 45 degree angle 1/4 inch below the last node.

Dip cutting in rooting hormone and then place into pot filled with potting soil. Depending on pot size, you may place many cuttings into one pot.

Place in tray and water the pots. Also add 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the tray.

Place in part sun / mostly shade until cuttings are rooted. After rooting, they are ready to transplant into individual pots.


Things You Will Need

  • Preexisting citrus tree Garden Shears Rooting Hormone Pots with good drainage Tray for pots Potting soil


  • After initial watering, add water to the tray and not directly to the pots. Pulling up gently on the cuttings is a good way to see it they are taking root. If they move freely, they are not rooted. If you feel some resistance, they are more than likely taking root.


  • Citrus trees have very sharp thorns. Be cautious when cutting or wear gloves.

About the Author


Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.