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Red osier dogwood

Discussion in 'Nursery' started by Polish hammer, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Polish hammer

    Polish hammer ArboristSite Member

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    I have a field I want to have grow up and get thicker it is now just an open field and I have been planting spruce and pines and have noticed this spring that red dogwood is popping up in areas.. most the little bushes are about knee high if I trim them back at a young age will this help put growth on or with them being so small and young should I leave them for a few years? Maybe add some fertilizer?
     
  2. Jason Douglas

    Jason Douglas ArboristSite Operative

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    Cutting them back once established can lead to a strong flush of growth. Generally used when older stems start to color fade and new emerging growth is bright red.
     
  3. Polish hammer

    Polish hammer ArboristSite Member

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    Do you know anything about planting cuttings?
     
  4. Jason Douglas

    Jason Douglas ArboristSite Operative

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    Yes, we took small, about 3-5" tip cuttings and put them in a soilless media with some sand in late winter. Don't recall if dipping in a rooting compound was necessary or not.
     
  5. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford ArboristSite Lurker

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    If they are popping up, you have the right conditions. Just wait.

    Locally I don't have to prune dogwood. The deer (hoof rats) and moose do a good job for me. I like using them as a distraction from my pines.
     
  6. StihlBadger

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    IMO the easiest way to propagate Red Twig dogwood is to pull a a branch down to the ground from the bush and cover the branch with a mound of soil.Wait till next Spring and you should have some nice roots for transplanting.

    Planting the seeds or using rooting hormone works too.

    Red Twig dogwood blooming cr 800.jpg
     
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    Tips on doing this:

    1. A geotextile staple, or a piece of bent burned coathanger wire will hold the branch down. You don't need as much dirt. If you burn the coat hanger wire, it has a rougher surface that holds better.

    2. Partially splitting the branch, and putting a splinter to keep it open will create callous tissue that will differentiate into roots.

    3. Rooting compound on the cut, will also speed things up.
     

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