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close this bookFood from Dryland Gardens - An Ecological, Nutritional, and Social Approach to Small Scale Household Food Production (CPFE, 1991)
close this folderPart II - Garden management
close this folder7. Vegetative propagation
close this folder7.2 Cuttings
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View the document7.2.1 Trees
View the document7.2.2 Perennial Herbs
View the document7.2.3 Cassava.
View the document7.2.4 Sweet Potatoes


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 crops.