Cuttings are plant pieces, usually stems or
branches, capable of growing new roots, called adventitious roots.
To grow these new roots cuttings must rely on stored energy or energy that they
can produce. However, the cutting can only provide this energy if it is
carefully protected from stress like heat and drought. Some of the dryland
garden plants that may be propagated by cuttings are deciduous trees such as the
stone fruits, fig, mulberry, and pomegranate. Olive and carob are two
non-deciduous trees that can be started from cuttings. Cassava, sweet potatoes,
and some perennial herbs can also be propagated from cuttings.
In sections 7.2.1 through 7.2.4 we give some examples of how
cuttings are used to propagate different dryland garden