Propagating trees for your own garden follows most of the guidelines we’ve already looked at in the plant propagation section.
Getting your own trees from seed is the easiest method you can use. All trees start from seed and you can get this and start your very own forest.
The trick – if there is one – with tree seed is to not allow seed to sit around and dry out; this is particularly true with the larger nuts (like chestnut. Drying out means killing them.
So always plant tree seed as soon as possible after they fall off the tree and don’t let them sit around.
I plant them the day I get them!
This is always a good idea with most tree seeds – plant them as soon as you obtain them from the tree or from the seed company.
If you get the seed from someone else, follow the directions on starting perennial seed (90 days cool – 90 days warm) for good germination results. See the section on starting perennial seed
Trees are also perfect plants for outdoor sowing – follow these directions.
Generally speaking, trees do not propagate easily or at all from tender tip cuttings. I wouldn’t waste my time with them if I were you. Even the professionals don’t do it this way.
You can take them as hardwood cuttings for the most part.