Moving the Giants

How Cuttings become Trees

How Cuttings become Trees

How do you cut off the tip of a branch and turn it into a tree with the same DNA? Cloning a coast redwood is as easy as following a recipe. If you want to grow a new redwood tree, you can either plant a redwood seed or you can take a vegetative cutting from an existing redwood and create a clone of the tree from which the cutting was taken.  You might think it would be much easier to grow a redwood from seed than from a cutting.  But the reverse happens to be true.  It is much easier and faster to grow a cloned redwood than it is to grow one from seed. 

A simple recipe for cloning a redwood tree by using vegetative cuttings was given to me by Johan Schorer, Senior Propagator for the Seattle Parks Greenhouse. 

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