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Kajukid:
What time of the year should cuttings be taken?

meushi:
You can start from early summer with softwood cuttings, probably up to August if you can overwinter them properly.

Owen Reich:
You sound like a budding (excuse the pun) propagator.  There are two books I'd reccomend.  The first is called: Propagation (it's available at Barnes and Noble and other stores.  I want to say it's by a publisher from England and affiliated with the Royal Botanical Society.  It's better for herbaceous, perennial, and other stuff like bulbs but covers some woody plants.  The second, and by far more detailed, is:  Dirr's Manual For Woody Plant Propagation.  It's by far the best single reference for trees, shrubs, and vines.  Michael Dirr also happens to be a retired professor of the horticulture program from my Alma Mater UGA.  Go Dawgs!   You will need to read the first few chapters as the actual text has lots of abbreviations and slang to save space.  Propagation involves a ton of variables for success which I will not go into here.  Either book covers the topic well.  One piece of advice; if you want few a maples, stick a bunch of cuttings and use a good rooting hormone with Indolebuteric or Napthlacetic Acid in it   :D.

Adair M:
Off topic for a minute...

Owen, my daughter is at UGA, as a Joint Enrolled high school senior, majoring in music.  She is first chair of the UGA Symphonic Band in the Horn section. (Symphonic Band is not the top band at UGA, but still, it's pretty impressive she's first chair in one of their premier bands on top of a lot of a lot of full fledged college students!)  We don't know if she will be staying at UGA, which she likes very much, or will be going to conservatory.  She's done the auditions, now we're waiting for results.

Back on topic...

I agree with the advice to do a lot of cuttings.  I did cuttings of zelkova, back in the day, and found that it was difficult to get both good roots and good top growth on one cutting.  Seems like I'd get one or the other. Multiplying the number of cuttings would give you better odds of getting a few keepers!

Owen Reich:
The University of Georgia is an excellent school.  I was supposed to be a third generation Georgia Tech student...... (at least that was my parents' plan)  ;D. 

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