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Tips & Tricks

Multiply vinegar tree - This is how it works with cuttings and root cuttings


Growing vinegar trees is a breeze. You even have two different options. The propagation works with both cuttings and root cuttings.

Propagation by seeds is not recommended. The vinegar tree does not normally need to be propagated. He does it all by himself through his roots or the seeds with the help of the birds. Unfortunately, the plant does not ask us in advance where it should give rise to a new shrub. If you are looking for a specific place for your new shrub, you have to lend a hand.

Propagation by cuttings and root cuttings works very simply. Sowing is also possible, but not recommended. Because the effort is high, the process complicated and the germination rate disappointingly low.

Multiply vinegar tree - 2 variants presented

➜ Multiply the vinegar tree with cuttings

You can get cuttings in winter from the two-year shoots of the vinegar tree.

1 First remove the shoot tip and divide the shoot into 15 cm long cuttings. The number of leaf nodes is more important than the exact length. Each cutting should have at least two, but better three or four of these knots.

2 Cut the lower end of the cutting, where the roots will later form, at an angle, the upper end is being cut.

3 Now mix sandy soil with a little peat and put the mixture in a plant pot. Insert the cutting so that about half of it sticks out of the ground and put it in a bright, cool place. The ideal temperature is between 6 ° C and 12 ° C.

4 Water the cuttings regularly, but only so strongly that the plant pot does not dry out completely. Roots have already developed in the coming spring and in summer you can then put the cuttings in the garden at the chosen location. The vinegar tree thrives best in sunny to partially shaded places.

➜ Multiply vinegar tree by root cuttings

1 Cut the root cuttings of the vinegar tree on a frost-free winter day. Choose root sections that are about one centimeter thick and divide them into five to ten centimeters long cuttings. You can also first cut off larger sections with the spade and then do the fine work above the ground with a sharp knife or a carpet cutter. Always make sure that at least two thirds of the roots remain on the mother plant.

2 Cut the root pieces straight at the top and diagonally at the bottom. Put each cut individually in a plant pot with sandy soil so that it is flush with the top.

3 Now cover the pot with a thin layer of gravel. Over the next few months, the cuttings should be kept cool and watered very sparingly.

4 In the spring, put the plant pot in the garden and in late summer or autumn, then put the cuttings outdoors. You can't go wrong with the choice of soil: thanks to their extensive, flat roots, vinegar trees thrive well in poor soil. But they also grow well on loamy soils.