Hello, I would like to know the best time to plant laurel cuttings. Thank you and have a nice day. Angelo
the cuttings are portions of plants that must be rooted in a good fresh and light soil; two different types of cuttings are prepared, the semi-woody cuttings - also called green cuttings - which are taken in spring, using the new shoots, still green and not lignified; or woody cuttings, those taken at the end of summer or autumn, removing the tips of the branches that are already partially lignified. Depending on the plant that you intend to propagate by cuttings, one type or the other is recommended, since each single plant roots better if it is still green or if already wooded.
As for the laurels, they generally root better if the cuttings are woody, that is they are taken from branches that are already partially lignified; you can take these cuttings from the tips of the branches, preferably in late summer or early autumn, or even in late winter.
The laurels do not root easily with cuttings, so it is advisable to prepare many, about five for each plant you need: in this way you will be sure of getting the number of future plants that you actually need; if luckily they root you more cuttings than there are plants you need, you can always give a laurel to your neighbor.
Proceed by taking the tips of the branches, cutting them under a bud or leaf; then divide the branches into cuttings about 5/7 cm long, all with a leaf near the two apexes, at the top and at the bottom.
remove the leaves at the bottom and cut the leaves in half at the top; immerse the base of the cutting in the rooting hormone and interralate it, in a fresh, well-drained and moist soil; the tray with the cuttings should be kept in a bright and cool place, sheltered and without too many hours of direct sunlight a day.
The cuttings will take a variable time to take root, from about ten days to a few weeks, depending on the climate and other factors; for as long as they are rooting you will need to keep the soil fairly wet, but not soaked with water.
The young seedlings thus obtained should be grown in pots, in a sheltered place but outdoors, for at least a year, before being able to be placed in the chosen place.
Since the cuttings of laurel do not root with great ease, if we wish to obtain a single seedling, we can also practice an air layering, or have an offshoot of the plant rooted, given that these methods of propagation seem to give greater certainty of their success.
But layering often turns out to be a difficult method of propagation for beginners, and it is not useful if you want to obtain numerous small plants.