How To Propagate Viburnum: A Step-By-Step Guide

What is Viburnum?

Viburnum is a genus of flowering plants that includes over 150 species and hundreds of varieties. The most common types are deciduous shrubs, with some evergreen varieties. These plants are known for their colorful spring blossoms and attractive berries in fall. They can range from low-growing groundcovers to tall trees, and they offer spectacular foliage color throughout the year.

Propagating Viburnum

Propagating viburnums can be done in several ways, although most people will find success using either stem or root cuttings. Below we discuss how to propagate viburnum through both these methods:

Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings are the most popular method for propagating viburnums because it’s relatively simple and gives you an exact genetic copy of the parent plant. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Select healthy stems that are at least 6 inches long.
  • Cut just below a leaf node or bud with a sharp knife.
  • Remove any leaves on the lower half of the cutting.
  • Dip your cutting into rooting hormone powder (optional).
  • Insert your cutting into moist potting soil up to about one inch deep with its lowest set of leaves just above soil level.
    • Place pots containing your cuttings in indirect sunlight until roots form (this usually takes 4–6 weeks), then water when needed and repot once new growth appears on top.

      Root Cuttings

      . Root cuttings produce more vigorous plants than stem cuttings but require patience since it may take up to two years for them to develop fully formed roots. To get started, follow these steps :

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