Rooting Arborvitae

As always I'm excited to get new plants through plant propagation and I'm pretty excited to add 5 new dwarf arborvitae to the collection!  I bought the 'Little Giant' arborvitae (Thuja occindentalis) last fall on the discount rack and planted two of them in the birdbath garden on either side of the pathway to the bench spot.  The idea was to create a formal look to the small pathway by placing symmetrical plantings flanking the path. 'Little Giant' is a small rounded arborvitae that gets about 4' in size.

I took the arborvitae  cuttings in August and they took about 8-10 weeks to get to this stage.  Right now they only have small tiny roots emerging from the nodes.  I transferred the rooted cuttings into 4 inch pots with a soil mix to grow on longer before planting.

Arborvitae can be successfully rooted over the winter but rooting tends to be slower.  You can adjust that by adding bottom heat with a seedling heat mat.

I'm hoping to take cuttings from our 'Emerald Green' arborvitae as well as several other evergreens soon (possibly 'Otto Luyken' Laurel, 'Golden Globe' arborvitae, and boxwoods).

What plants do you like to propagate in the fall?

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