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The walnut can be propagated in various ways. The easiest way is the variant with cuttings. Our guide tells you how to do it!

Propagation from cuttings is relatively quick and easy

Propagation of walnut cuttings - this is how it works

Compared to propagation via walnut fruits, the cuttings method can be implemented more quickly. You don't need any prior knowledge or experience to successfully grow a new walnut tree.

Here are the instructions for the branch:

  1. Fill a sufficiently large plant pot with high-quality, nutrient-rich potting soil.
  2. Cut several fresh shoots from the mother tree. The length of these shoots should be at least 15 centimeters. Incidentally, it doesn't matter if the shoots are still green or even show slight lignification.
  3. Place the cuttings in the prepared pot.
  4. Water the soil vigorously.
  5. Place the planter in a bright location that is protected from frost.
  6. Keep the soil constantly moist afterwards.
  7. You can easily check whether the propagation works: if new leaves appear soon, the corresponding cuttings have started. Otherwise you are dealing with an “infertile” drive.
  8. As soon as the offshoots have started, treat each plantlet to its own bucket.
  9. Place the planters with the walnut trees outside in summer, in a sunny spot. The soil must never dry out - so make sure to water your little ones regularly.
  10. In winter, you should bring your young trees to a frost-proof storage facility. After all, the little plants are not yet sufficiently hardy. It will take at least two years until then.

More tips on walnut propagation with cuttings

  • Always put several cuttings in a planter first. You never know how many offshoots will actually root. Planting multiple shoots increases the likelihood that at least one of them will come to fruition.
  • Under no circumstances transplant your cuttings into the garden too soon. After all, walnut trees are very frost-sensitive plants that can freeze to death very easily. This is especially true for young trees.
  • Only propagate a walnut tree if you have the necessary space in the garden. Eventually, over the years, the tree will grow up to 15 meters tall (or maybe even taller). After decades, it also takes up a lot of space in terms of width.

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