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How to Grow Fruit Trees From Cuttings

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

A plant cutting is a cut stem from the plant that can be propagating. This method of planting is commonly referred to as cloning and is also used to produce seedless varieties of fruit. Another reason for wanting to grow a fruit tree from a cutting is so that you don’t have to grow from a germinated seed. An additional benefit to growing a fruit tree from a cutting is that the process is much faster than growing from a seed. You must decide on what type of fruit tree you want to grow and obtain a cutting from a tree that is already growing.

Find a growing tip from a fruit tree seedling that is less than 1 year old and cut off 3 inches from the tip using a sharp razor blade. Make a small cut to the bottom of the stem at a 45 degree angle.

Add the cutting to a small glass full of a liquid rooting hormone. Soak the cutting in the hormone for at least 30 seconds, and then quickly transfer the cutting to a 6 inch deep hole in your yard. Pack lightly moistened soil around the cutting so that it stands upright.

Spray distilled water on the cutting using a spray bottle to slightly mist all around the fruit cutting. Continue spraying the cutting two to three times a day. Make sure that the temperature of the cutting remains between 70 and 80 degrees for roots to properly develop.

Spread a 1-inch layer of fertilizer around the soil bed of the cutting. Use a fertilizer that is specific for cuttings, such as Wilder’s Clone Root Concentrate or Olivia’s Cloning Solution.

Water the cutting every two days using 3 cups of distilled water. Continue misting the cutting as well with distilled water. Make sure to never flood the soil or let it get too dry. The soil should be moist at least 1 inch deep.


Things You Will Need

  • Cutting
  • Razor blade
  • Spray bottle
  • Fertilizer
  • Small glass
  • Liquid rooting hormone
  • 3 cups distilled water