Multiply the loose tree - how it works by sowing, head cuttings & root shoots


If you want to multiply the lot tree, you have to do it yourself. The plant with the exotic flowers cannot pollinate itself.

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Since the clerodendrum trichotomum can only multiply itself through cross-pollination, the environment should be looked at more carefully when choosing the location. If you don't want to let bees and other insects do the work, you can propagate the lot tree yourself. In this guide, we reveal what needs to be considered and what options are available.

Why does the lottery tree have to be cross-pollinated?

From a human point of view, the background is somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Naturally, the scars usually only mature when the stamens of the male genital organs have already faded. As a result, the lottery tree cannot multiply with itself. But don't worry - we can help!

Propagate a lottery tree - this should be noted

Before the root ball touches the earth, the following aspects should be considered before propagating:

  • The lotus tree likes it warm, so a location with sunlight or partial shade is ideal.
  • The midday sun is still not conducive to him.
  • Especially in winter, the location should be protected from icy winds.
  • In the case of the bucket, its place should be chosen in the east or west direction.
  • The south direction should be avoided both outdoors and on the terrace.
  • In the case of waterlogging, the worst case scenario is mold in the root system.
  • Classic plant or garden soil is ideal for the loose tree.
  • He is particularly pleased with a mixture of clay, sand, compost and horn shavings.
  • A mixture of nitrogen and phosphorus is suitable as a fertilizer in the garden, however, an all-round liquid fertilizer (e.g. available here) is sufficient for container plants.

Propagate the lot tree with sowing

Sowing can either be obtained from the drupes of the loose tree or purchased from specialist dealers. The former works particularly well when the fruits are ripe. Each contains four cores that can be planted. It is important in both cases that the germs are cold. That is why the hard seeds and their thick skin need cold - the winter months are ideal for this. The soil should also be moist for optimal germination conditions.

" Tip: If the region doesn't get cold enough, a trick also helps: after the seeds have been placed in small plant pots, they are placed in the vegetable compartment for up to three months. So the seeds are supplied with everything they need to grow.

Propagate the lot tree with head cuttings

Alternatively, the shoots of the loose tree can be used for propagation. It is optimal if these are already about 20 cm long. As soon as plant pots and growing soil are ready or a nice place in the garden is found, you can start:

❶ It's worth taking a look at the thermometer. When the floor temperature is around 20 to 25 ° C, the best time to get stuck has come.
❷ The lower leaves are removed from the shoot before planting.
❸ Now the shoot is stuck into the earth. If you want a larger plant, you can also put three to four cuttings in a pot.
❹ For the cuttings to grow and thrive, they should be watered directly and the soil always kept moist.
❺ The formation of roots is accelerated with a film over the shoots because it is so nice and warm and moist.

Now it's time to wait and regularly moisten the earth. A good sign that everything went well are the first green tips after about three weeks. After about half a year, the young plant should then be ready for transplanting.

Propagate the lot tree with root shoots

A third possibility is root shoots. This is obtained by cutting parts with a length of four to six centimeters out of roots. If these are now placed in a suitable substrate and covered with a little soil, the first shoots will form in spring. It is also important here that the growing soil does not dry out and the root shoots are cold.


Anyone who has had bad experiences with loose tree cuttings that just did not want to develop should give the moss a try. The reason for this is that thanks to the supply of nutrients by the mother plant, it is often easier to reproduce the lot tree. The method, which is more than 4,000 years old, is somewhat less known and more complex, but very effective. In practice, two variants have prevailed:

Abmoosen by ring methodRemoval of moss by wedge method
Here, the bark of the loose tree is peeled off in a strip about two to four centimeters wide. Although the water can be transported further over the sapwood, the photosynthesis products can no longer be transported via the bark into the roots. This causes the lottery tree to try to develop new roots on the barkless strip.
" Tip: This can be promoted by placing a kind of coat made of mineral substrates, peat or sphagnum moss around the bark-free ring. This is regularly moistened to create an optimal climate.
Within a few months, new roots will form that can be removed if they are large enough. Voila, the lot tree has increased.
Note: If the removal of the moss has failed with the ring method, it may simply be because the peeled bark strip was too narrow. In this case, the open area is overwhelmed by the plant and the plant lives on as usual.
The wedge method is unfortunately less promising, but still worth trying. For this purpose, a shoot of the lot tree is partially cut transversely. The resulting gap must be kept open with a wedge.
If you want to help your luck, you can help with rooting hormone powder at the interface. This should then be wrapped with peat moss and kept constantly moist. Here, too, the shoot can be finally separated when roots have formed.

Transplanting the lot tree

The best time to repot a young plant is when its root system has conquered the entire pot and its resting period in spring is over.

  1. After the loose tree plant has been carefully removed from the old pot, the excess soil is carefully removed.
  2. Now the seedling can either be placed in a larger pot or a planting hole in the garden. In both cases, the earth should consist partly of compost in order to create a nutrient-rich base. In this way, new roots can quickly form.

Lot tree: tree or shrub?

When planting and repotting the lot tree, you have the choice between two basic forms:

Shrub or bushsmall tree
Whoever prefers the lot tree in its natural form has to do nothing more than to multiply it and let it grow. If it is only cut into shape again and again, it automatically grows into a beautiful ornamental shrub.The Clerodendrum trichotomum is also ideal as a small tree, in the shade of which many a summer afternoon can be spent with a good book or a delicious steak. For this purpose, two sticks have to be inserted into the ground in addition to the shoot. The instinct is tied to them and thus caused to grow straight up.

For experts: refine the lot tree

So-called chip budding is becoming more and more popular for refining the lot tree, older garden fans are also known as “spring finishing according to Forckert” or “Augenanplatten”. The advantage of it? No bark has to be removed from a lot tree and the effort is very low:

❶ If you want to try this method, you have until the end of August. You need freshly cut rice, which should be well-developed.

❷ First, an oblique notch cut is made on the base, which is at the finishing height on the base.

❸ Then cut out a kind of tongue or tongue about five centimeters above the notch cut on the base.

❹ A notch is then cut about two centimeters below the eye on the fine rice. Bark strips are also cut out there, with the wooden part and bud still on them. It is ideal if this strip is smaller than the flap of the base so that they fit together well.

❺ Now the whole thing has to be connected: foil or rubber bands can be used for this. Anyone who uses PE foil tapes benefits from the fact that the eye is also connected. Since condensation binds through the film, the finishing point always remains nice and moist. After about two to three weeks, the film can usually be removed.