Red twig dogwood transplanting

Asked January 1, 2019, 9:05 AM EST

We have several well established red twig dogwoods (20 yrs old). Some of the young branches that have been in contact with the ground have established their own roots. Can I transplant these rooted red twig dogwood branches? If so what would be the best procedure to follow for success?

Minnesota dogwood

1 Response

Thank you for your question. There are a few plants that are able to root from branches that contact the ground. A more common characteristic of shrubs and trees is the development of 'suckers,' small plants still attached to the 'mother' tree, which create new plants. The technique for separating them is basically the same for both propagation means; you're just cutting off the branch rather than separating root balls. Here is an article about what steps to take with suckers: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/propagate-trees-root-suckers-41343.html

I would suggest waiting until all danger of frost has passed, and the soil is workable. These new trees will be connected to the mother plant only through the stem, so you don't need to worry about the roots except to make sure you get as many of them as possible, keep as much soil around them as you can, and make certain both they and the hole you plant them in are wet to (1) keep air from hitting the roots and (2) providing the best chance of the roots spreading.

Hope you have success!