How to Propagate Citrus Trees From Cuttings

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Citrus trees are lovely trees to have around. They not only provide fruits, but also have wonderful-smelling blooms in the spring. Growing citrus trees is not hard to do and is a good way to generate some extra income as well. Learn how to grow new citrus tress from cuttings for planting or for sale.

Things You'll Need

  • Preexisting citrus tree Garden Shears Rooting Hormone Pots with good drainage Tray for pots Potting soil
  • Take cuttings from the ends of old growth branches at least 6 inches long.

  • Remove all leaves except the top bit of foliage.

  • Cut the bottom of the cutting at a 45 degree angle 1/4 inch below the last node.

  • Dip cutting in rooting hormone and then place into pot filled with potting soil. Depending on pot size, you may place many cuttings into one pot.

  • Place in tray and water the pots. Also add 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the tray.

  • Place in part sun / mostly shade until cuttings are rooted. After rooting, they are ready to transplant into individual pots.

Tips & Warnings

  • After initial watering, add water to the tray and not directly to the pots. Pulling up gently on the cuttings is a good way to see it they are taking root. If they move freely, they are not rooted. If you feel some resistance, they are more than likely taking root.
  • Citrus trees have very sharp thorns. Be cautious when cutting or wear gloves.

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