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  • How and when do I take cuttings from a beech hedge?

    Finally made the decision to reduce dramatically the amount of "garden" I have so I can concentrate on veggies and decided to plant a beech hedge.

    We have several beech hedges nearby so access to take cuttings isn't a problem.

    Only problem is that I cant find on the web when and how I should be doing it!

    Can anyone help please?

  • #2
    Hi SN - I found this when I did a search under beech hedge propagation - it is the A part of one of those Q and A slots when the public ask an expert.

    'To propagate Beech from cuttings is extremely difficult and I would not recommend using this method. The most popular method used is by sowing seed which is quite easy to germinate. The other method - which is not that expensive - would be to plant bare rooted saplings/whips which can be easily obtained from a specialist tree nursery. They can be purchased from one foot to four foot in height and now (November) until early spring is the ideal time for planting. Beech is a very slow growing hedge but if you start with established saplings you will soon reach the height you require'.

    I suspect you are more at the expert end than the amateur SN - but I reckon seeds are your best bet.
    Last edited by Jeanied; 06-12-2009, 08:13 AM.
    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

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    • #3
      I googled "propagate beech" and got the same as above: "The easiest way to propagate beech at home is from seed, which should be collected as soon as it is ripe in late autumn"
      Royal Horticultural Society | Advice Search | Beech hedging
      All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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      • #4
        you lot are just fabulous! I never thought to google "propagation"...which is no doubt why I couldnt find anything helpful. Where would I be without the vine!!!

        So it looks like I'm going to have to shell out after all! Pity when there are so many hedges around us.

        Seeds would be great but I want something that looks a bit 'hedge-like' before I'm drawing my pension!

        off to check out prices...

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        • #5
          If you have any beechy woods near you, go looking for seedlings in early spring. In some places you will find them growing thickly, just dig up a bunch of 6" high ones about the time the hedges have newly put on next year's leaves.
          Flowers come in too many colours to see the world in black-and-white.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hilary B View Post
            If you have any beechy woods near you, go looking for seedlings in early spring. In some places you will find them growing thickly, just dig up a bunch of 6" high ones about the time the hedges have newly put on next year's leaves.
            grand idea Hilary - we have loads of beech hedges nearby so a daily walk with the dog should do the job perfectly i think...maybe i wont have to spend any money after all!

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            • #7
              Hedges may or may not produce seeds. Best bet is a walk under the big trees.
              Flowers come in too many colours to see the world in black-and-white.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hilary B View Post
                Hedges may or may not produce seeds. Best bet is a walk under the big trees.
                I was driving home from the post office today and noticed for the first time a HUGE beech wood nearby....cant believe I've never even noticed it in the 3 years we've lived here!

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