Propagation of kinnickinick

Asked March 28, 2019, 11:28 AM EDT

We have a 15 foot border of healthy and established kinnickinick. We now have a bare, rocky patch in another corner of the yard, and want to establish kinnickinick there. In this bare patch are remnants of laurel and cotoneaster. Also vinca. How do we begin? With cuttings in peat...hoping for roots by next fall? If so, how? If not, better ideas please.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Kinnickinick is reportedly difficult to root from seeds, but can be rooted from stem cuttings. Although not specifically mentioned in the following Extension article, the method to root cuttings is the same for most woody perennials, including bearberry: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/5/3464/files/2013/09/cuttings-for-ground-covers...

I would suggest you remove the vinca before planting the rooted stems, since it is not only invasive, but will compete with the bearberry for water, nutrients and light. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!