Increase Japanese Cedar – 2 methods in comparison

To multiply Japanese cedar fir

The Japanese Cedar Fir grows fast and can easily be propagated. As a hedge, it can provide an ideal privacy in your garden.

To multiply Japanese cedar fir
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When it comes to conifers, many gardeners are over the moon. Because these are not only easy to attract and maintain, but also offer numerous advantages. So they provide a good privacy, which is very fast, because the conifers grow fast. At the same time, conifers can be brought to a specific shape, meaning that they can be thinned out at will to give them a nice growth. If you are looking for something special, you will often turn to the Japanese Canned Tern (Cryptomeria Japonica), which originally came from China and Japan. Finally, in Europe it represents a not very common, but noble and respectable alternative to the typical coniferous tree – and also convinces with a very beautiful wood that brings a light reddish.

Why proliferate Japanese Cedar?

Cinnamon firs of the Japanese kind prefer to be more sheltered and grouped. At the same time, they deliver the ultimate in privacy, can act as a kind of hedge and provide plenty of shade on hot days. So if you have enough space and enjoy the look of the Japanese conifer, you can multiply and plant it as you wish. However, there is another reason that speaks for the beautiful fir tree: Their wood is very popular as lumber and is also bought because of the reddish color. An equally positive feature of the Japanese Creeping Fir is that it grows very quickly – so if gaps in the garden have to be closed or if an old tree has died and been removed, the Japanese Creeping Fir produces an appealing remedy.Bonsai likes to be used and looks especially nice in miniature. The fact that the propagation of the Japanese conifer is very easy, also speaks for itself to try out the process itself – even if the offshoot should then only be given away.

Advantages of the Japanese Cedar Fir

  • grows very fast
  • is very easy to multiply, so no additional purchase is necessary
  • does not have too difficult claims
  • provides privacy and shadows
  • offers a pleasant look, which differs slightly from European firs
  • provides an attractive red-brown wood
  • overwinters at the appropriate age without protective measures
  • hardly needs fertilizer

Disadvantages of the Japanese sickle fir

  • must always be kept moist
  • Crown should also be protected from the sun in winter, if possible
  • Young plants must be protected during wintering

Increase with cuttings

Who wants to attract a second Japanese Cedar fir, which is the way to recommend about cuttings. In fact, faster and more successful results can be expected than with sowing. In this way, bonsai can also be created, which gradually grow to perfection in miniature size with a little patience and care.

Cuttings win

It is best to separate the cuttings from the tree at the end of autumn, whereby a size of 15 to 20 cm is ideal. When cutting, be sure to use as sharp a pruning shears as possible to keep the cut as smooth and small as possible. At the same time, the cut should be kept at an angle, so that water can flow well when it rains and the rest of the shoot will not rot.

Prepare and set cuttings

The cut cuttings must now be freed from the pine needles on their lower part. But you should be careful, so that the bark is not damaged and can find no cuts, which could prevent the germination and damage to the shoot, the breeding. Now you need a sufficiently large flowerpot, which is to be filled with humushaltiger, but nutrient-poor soil . The cuttings are inserted into these – about as deep that they are half covered. A cling film over the flower pot helps to accelerate the rooting of the shoot and favor.

Maintain cuttings

The flower pot with the cuttings or several cuttings should be placed at best in a frost-protected place with plenty of light – so they can overwinter and root. But they need a regular water supply, because the earth must always be kept moist. So that no mold is created or the cutting begins to rot, the cling film should be aired every two days at the latest and replaced if necessary to minimize germs. If the offshoots have already taken root, they should (if not already done from the beginning) be separated from each other and come into their own flowerpots – otherwise their roots become entangled, so that they are hardly separable later, without damaging the root system.

Increase over sowing

You can also propagate the Japanese Cactus by sowing seeds. If you already have a copy at home, you can win it from the pine cones. You can also use purchased seeds.

You should be aware that propagating through seeding takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of patience and time to take care of the seedlings. It can take years before a reasonably robust young tree has developed, which can be put into the garden and can also successfully hibernate there.

When propagating by sowing, you can work with a cold frame and cling film to speed up the sprouting of the seedlings. A slightly sunny, middle-warm place is ideal for this. Make sure that the soil of the seedlings – at best humus-containing and slightly enriched with nutrients – is always kept moist. Waterlogging is to be avoided , as well as mold formation due to insufficient ventilation. Also in this way the cling film should be often ventilated and changed. If the seedlings are big enough, they are allowed to move into a large flower pot. As already mentioned, it takes years, however, to turn the small, tender seedlings into young trees that can really withstand the European weather in the garden.


It does not hurt to internalize all the bullet points before you begin to multiply the Japanese Creeping Fir – otherwise you forget one or the other important point that could ensure the success of the action. Here is a brief summary of all procedures:

Propagation by cuttings

» When propagating cuttings cut at least 15 to 20 cm long shoots from the tree – while obliquely cutting care
» free the lower part of the cuttings from the needles – thereby avoid damage to the bark
»put the cuttings in nutrient-poor potting soil and keep moist
» at best cover with cling film, which is to be ventilated
» bright, frost-protected place to overwinter
» with sufficient rooting into individual pots implement

Propagation by seeds

 The case of propagation by seeds offer a cold frame with potting soil and nutrients
 keep seeds and seedlings always damp, but waterlogging prevent
 seedlings separate later and repot individually
 before planting out after a few years, if strong enough

Whether or not success is crowned with success depends on many factors. However, if you really want to be successful and do not bring so much patience, you should select the cuttings. Because this process succeeds mostly and does not take so long.

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