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Ilex Crenata how to propogate.........

Hi I have two lovely Ilex Crenata standard trees which are thriving in my clay soil. 

They are throwing out lots of off-shoots - maybe 50 each are coming up in the soil around each plant.  I would like to use these as new plants for the garden.  Am I best to prick them out now and plant them in small pots (as I have done with the cutting I have taken) or am I best to leave them in the ground until next spring?

Also the cuttings I took in spring have taken well are look healthy but will they survive through the winter without being in a greenhouse or poly tunnel?


  • No ideas?

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,232

    I wouldn't have thought it would make much difference either way... I'd pot them up now though. I would have thought they'd be hardy but tucking them against a house wall will give them a little protection.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    I have never dealt with these shrubs, but I think it is totally up to you. If they are thriving, I would leave them now and return in spring to cut them away from the parent plant and then place into pots, and keep them like that until you need to plant them elsewhere. By then, it will be warming up and the plants should be able to grow-on quite well. 

    As for the cuttings in spring, I wouldn't risk it. It's best to keep them in a warm corner against a warm wall or greenhouse. Then in spring next year, harden them off, they should be able to grow outside.

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