Propagation Methods

Taxus baccata
English Yew

Propagated with:

Cutting - hardwood, Cutting - softwood, Seed

Seed:

Seed - can be very slow to germinate, often taking 2 or more years. It is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn when it should germinate 18 months later. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in pots in a cold frame. The seedlings are very slow-growing and will probably require at least 2 years of pot cultivation before being large enough to plant out. Any planting out is best done in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Softwood:

Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 8cm long, July/August in a shaded frame. Should root by late September but leave them in the frame over winter and plant out in late spring. High percentage.

Hardwood:

Cuttings of ripe terminal shoots, taken in winter after a hard frost, in a shaded frame.

Air Layering:

Suckers:

Root Cuttings

Grafting:

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