Redbud trees are great for the environment, add color to the landscape and make a great addition to any yard. If you enjoy landscaping, gardening and growing your own plants, you don't always have to begin with seedlings purchased from the store. Take a cutting or clipping from an existing redbud tree and you'll soon have another thriving seedling to keep or share.
Things You'll Need
- Garden knife or scissors
- Root-promoting chemical
- Peat moss
- Spray bottle
Start 8 to 10 inches from the tip of the redbud shoot. Clip the section on an angle, using your garden knife or scissors.
Peel away the redbud shoot's bark on two sides, using the edge of the scissors or garden knife. This exposes the cambium, which is the layer beneath the bark. Exposing the cambium will make it easier for the roots to break through as they grow.
Spread newspaper on your work surface to keep it free from dirt.
Dip the cut end of the redbud cutting in the root-promoting chemical. A powdered form works best but liquid will do, if needed.
Place the redbud clipping in a sturdy pot filled one-third of the way with peat moss. Fill the rest of the pot with soil and pat it down gently.
Fill a spray bottle with water and use it to mist the cutting. Water the peat moss, as well. Keep the cutting in a moist, well-drained pot. Allow your plant two to three weeks to root before removing it from the peat moss to check its progress.