How to Propagate Apple Trees From Cuttings

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    • 1). Fill a planter with sand. Irrigate the rooting medium until water flows out of the drainage holes.

    • 2). Cut an 8-inch-long stem off the apple tree. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant it in the soil.

    • 3). Place the planter on an electric propagation mat with the thermostat set between 60 and 70 degrees F.

    • 4). Check the soil moisture daily. Water the cutting whenever the surface begins to dry.

    • 5). Pull the soil away from the base of the cutting every day to look for roots. As soon as they poke through the wood and are just barely visible, turn the propagation mat off to stop root development. Move the planter to a room that stays at 40 degrees F for the rest of fall and winter.

    • 6). Transplant the cuttings outside after the last spring frost for the roots to continue to develop.

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