Propagate privet - Propagation is so easy!

Propagate privet - Propagation is so easy!

Methods of propagating privet

  • Cuttings
  • Cuttings
  • Lowerers
  • Seeds

Propagation via seeds from the slightly poisonous berries is theoretically possible, but is almost never used. The seeds are slow to germinate, and it takes a lot of patience for a small privet to grow.

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Propagation via cuttings, cuttings or sinkers, on the other hand, is completely problem-free, as the shoot pieces take root very quickly. Since the shrub has to be cut frequently, especially in the first few years, there are a lot of shoot pieces for propagation.

Propagate privet using cuttings

To propagate privet via cuttings, you need young shoots. They should already be 20 cm long. Spring is most favorable for propagating cuttings.

Remove the lower leaves and cap the tip of the shoot. This means that the offshoot will branch out better later. Put the cuttings in prepared pots or outdoors so deeply into the soil that about five cm still protrude from the top. Pour plenty of water so that the cuttings can take root quickly.

The rooting takes place very quickly. You can usually plant the young privet plants as a hedge or single shrub in the desired location in autumn.

Put cuttings in the ground

Small branches of the privet that are already lignified serve as cuttings. The best time for this type of propagation is late summer.

You simply stick the branches in the ground at the intended location, a few centimeters deep. Tread the earth well so that the cuttings are firmly in place.

Now the offshoot only needs a lot of water so that it can take root. It almost always works. To be on the safe side, stick a few more pieces of wood so that you can replace any failures.

Pull privet out of lowering core

To grow privet from dips, you need a fully grown mother plant with shoots long enough that they can bend to the ground.

Carefully score the shoot with the knife and place it on the ground. Pile earth over it and fix the sinker with tent pegs or stones if necessary. The tip of the shoot must still look out of the ground. Do not forget to provide the sinker with water.

You can recognize the roots by the new shoots of leaves and small twigs. Now you can separate the offshoot from the mother plant and plant it in the garden.


A privet hedge is probably the easiest type of hedge to take care of. Apart from frequent pruning, it hardly needs any maintenance. Privet is robust and frugal and therefore particularly suitable for maintenance in the city.