How to Clone Cherry Trees

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Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears

  • Clean cloth

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Rooting hormone

  • Planting pot

  • Sand

  • Peat moss

  • Spade

Cherry trees are cloned through stem cuttings.

If you have a healthy tree that produces particularly tasty fruit, you may want to clone it. To make an exact clone of your healthy cherry tree, use the propagation method known as stem cutting. By taking a small portion of your existing tree and adding a bit of rooting hormone, you can get a head start with a new sapling in less than a year. Take as many cuttings as you want from a single tree to make your own cherry orchard.

Step 1

Examine your cherry tree around the middle of summer and look for green stems. Clip a 6- to 8-inch cutting from the stem with a pair of sharp, sterilized pruning shears. To sterilize your pruning shears, soak a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol and carefully wipe the blades clean.

Step 2

Pull the foliage from the lower 2 inches of the cutting. Dip the cut end of the cutting in rooting hormone.

Step 3

Prepare a medium planting pot with a mixture made of equal parts sand and peat moss. Plant the cutting to a depth of 2 inches and water generously.

Step 4

Set the pot in a warm location that gets indirect sunlight. Water the cutting as necessary to keep the growing medium moist. Keep the cutting in this pot through fall and winter.

Step 5

Transplant the cherry sapling to its permanent location after all danger of frost has passed. Choose a spot that gets four to six hours of full sunlight each day. Dig a hole as large as the planting pot, remove the cherry sapling, planting medium and all, and place it in the hole, backfilling as necessary. Tamp the soil down around the base of the tree and water generously.


Jarrett Melendez

Jarrett Melendez is a journalist, playwright and novelist who has been writing for more than seven years. His first published work was a play titled, "Oh, Grow Up!" which he wrote and performed with a group of his classmates in 2002.