How to propagate Pyracantha by cuttings
Firethorn (Pyracantha) is an excellent shrub. In this article I will show you step by step how to propagate Pyracantha by cuttings. In my opinion this is the easiest way although it is also possible to propagate it by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings.
Firethorn is widely used to grow over a fence or make an hedge. The fact that it has thorns means that a dense hedge of this plant provides additional protection to your property.
In addition to this quality, it is a beautiful shrub with interest almost all year round.
In the spring, bunches of white flowers appear, which are a source of food for insects.
After the flowers, the fruits grow during the summer, which fully ripen in the autumn and persist in the plant until winter.
The bunches of berries can have different colors, depending on the variety grown, they can be red, orange or yellow. Any of the colors is spectacular.
These fruits serve as food for birds at a time of year when they do not have as much food available. This plant is one of our choices in the list of the best autumn color shrubs.
It can also be trained in pyramid or other forms of topiary. It is a very versatile plant! In my opinion pyracantha is a plant that is undervalued.
Now, let’s go to our step by step guide.
Hardwood cuttings are obtained from mature branches at the end of the growing season, that is, during autumn or winter.
Prepare the pot
First I prepared a pot with compost mixed with sand. One of the most important factors, regardless of the type of cuttings we are making, is good drainage.
Soil that retains excess water will cause the cuttings to rot.
You can use a pot, tray or other container that is most convenient for you.
How to take the cuttings
I chose a long branch that will allow me to divide it into several pieces.
With scissors, I cut each segment immediately below a leaf node. It is at this point that the roots will grow.
With a knife I removed the buds and thorns above that point and left only the buds and leaves of the last node. Incisions made at these points will also gain callus and possibly take root as well.
Plant the cuttings
I put the cuttings around the pot, leaving only the last section above the compost.
Then, I watered well and put it in a place sheltered from direct sun and wind. You can place it next to a wall or other taller plants that provide some shelter.
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