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Beech Cuttings?

ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn Posts: 401
When re-covering our polytunnel last month we needed to cut back several overhanging branches of our mature beech trees. Last week, we used some of the smaller branches for the cucamelon to climb - in the greenhouse, the polytunnel and in the garden. We have now noticed that the beech 'cuttings' are beginning to shoot. It would be amazing if they started to grow, but am I just being optimistic? Would they have done this anyway - just using up the last bit of life in the branches and then die?
Any thoughts appreciated. 😊


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166
    You may be lucky but I think your last suggestion will be the right one

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn Posts: 401
    Ah ... thank you; we will live in hope then. 😊

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,992
    I find this time of the year my garden is covered with little Beech seedlings where the nuts have dropped,  you may find some of those and can pot them on or transplant to make a hedge. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 929
    Unfortunately when they run out of stored water and they can't replenish it as they have no roots, they will die off. I don't think beech are very easy to propagate in this way.
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