Multiply whitebeam - different methods compared


Not least because of its rich colors, the whitebeam is very popular. The easy-care plant can be propagated in different ways.

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A whitebeam (Sorbus) can become an eye-catcher in the home garden. The plants, which grow as trees or shrubs, have reddish apple fruits and are presented in a colorful autumn color. The plants are easy to care for and not very demanding in terms of location and substrate. There are various options for multiplying the whitebeam, which are now presented in more detail.

The whitebeam can be propagated by the following methods:

  • root suckers
  • cuttings
  • hardwood cuttings
  • seed

❍ Propagation by root runners

With the help of root runners, flour berries can be propagated quickly and easily. The prerequisite for this, however, is to have a well-developed plant. Since powdery berries grow slowly, it takes some time for a stable root system to develop. Older plants form root runners, which can be dug out and used for propagation.

With the help of this propagation method, you get a full-fledged plant in just a few simple steps. The first thing you need to do is Dig out the roots and then him separate from the mother plant, You must have the separated root branch bring it immediately into the soil at the desired location, Make sure that you do not dig in the root branch deeper than was the case in its old location. The root pieces can be cut cleanly with a spade or a knife.

" Tip: Work with sharp tools. Cut edges heal faster and do less damage to the plant.

In a nutshell: step by step

  1. Dig out the roots
  2. Cut off the roots
  3. Transplant roots again

Durch Propagation by cuttings

A mulberry plant is also required for the propagation of cuttings. The extraction of cuttings can be combined with a topiary, which should be done in early summer.

❶ The cuttings should be cut from strong, non-flowering branches. A cutting should be left between 10 and 15 centimeters long.

❷ The lower area of ​​the cutting, which will later be below the surface of the earth, should be cleared of leaves.

❸ Then the cuttings are placed in a planter filled with seed soil and watered regularly from now on. To accelerate rooting, the cuttings should be covered with a plastic hood. This creates a microclimate around the plant, which has a beneficial effect on plant growth.

" Tip: Covers for cuttings can be made from empty mineral water bottles by cutting the bottle in the middle. The lower area can now be put over the cutting.

❹ The planter is placed in a warm and partially shaded place. To ensure that the cuttings do not mold in the airtight mini greenhouse, the cover must be briefly ventilated daily.

❺ As soon as the cuttings sprout, this is a sign of successful rooting. The young plant can stand outdoors in the tub over the summer and is usually strong enough to be placed in the desired location in autumn.

In a nutshell: step by step

  1. Cut the cutting
  2. Prepare the cutting
  3. Plant and water the cuttings
  4. Cover the cutting
  5. Wait for budding

❍ Propagation by means of sticks

Hobby gardeners usually prefer propagation by means of sticks. After all, there is also something to do in the garden in winter. While the cuttings have leaves and should not be completely wooded, a stick is a woody part of the branch, which is removed from the middle of the branch.

❶ A frost-free day should be selected for cutting the sticks. The Monte November to February are cheap. They should have multiple knots and should be cut from the middle of a healthy branch. The cut should be made directly above a knot.

Steck The plywood is placed in a peat-sand mixture.

❸The ambient temperature should be about ten degrees.

" Tip: On mild winter days, the sticks can also be planted directly outdoors. A layer of leaves protects against the cold and keeps the moisture in the soil.

❹Watering should be done sparingly.

❺Drives out the plywood, the propagation has been successful and the plant can be put outdoors.

In a nutshell: step by step

  1. Cut sticks
  2. Put the sticks in potting soil
  3. Set up sticks in a cool, partially shaded area
  4. Water sticks from time to time
  5. Wait for budding

❍ propagation by seeds

Those who do not yet own a whitebeam will have to limit themselves to the propagation by seeds. This usually succeeds without great gardening knowledge, but is more time-consuming.

❶ The seeds of the whitebeam cannot simply be planted in the ground. You need to be stratified. For this, the seeds are placed in the refrigerator for a few days.

❷ Then let the seeds soak in lukewarm water for a day.

❸ Sowing can take place in soil or in coconut fibers. The seeds are only slightly covered with soil.

❹ The substrate is evenly moist, but not too wet.

❺ To speed up the germination process, you can cover the planter with foil or glass. In a bright but not full sun location, germination takes place after a few weeks.

In a nutshell: step by step

  1. Put seeds in the fridge
  2. Swell seeds
  3. Put seeds in seed soil
  4. Keep seeds slightly moist
  5. Wait for germination

Propagation methods with their advantages and disadvantages

root suckers
  • fast
  • uncomplicated
  • simple
  • Plant must be present
  • Root can be damaged
  • Cuttings occur when pruning
  • simple
  • uncomplicated
  • good guarantee of success
  • Plant must be present
  • it takes some time for the cutting to sprout
hardwood cuttings
  • simple
  • good chances of success
  • Plant must be present
  • Cut is made in winter and can easily be missed
  • several plants can be grown
  • Seeds can be obtained from existing plants
  • Patience required
  • not every seed germinates