How to transplant laurel cuttings

Updated March 23, 2017

For many gardeners, there are few things more rewarding than successfully replicating a favourite plant. Taking the cuttings, rooting them and watching as they produce their first foliage as independent plants is exciting. Generally, laurel cuttings should be grown indoors for the first year. They can be transplanted into the landscape in the spring.

Place the potted cutting in a shady area of the garden. Over the course of two weeks, provide the laurel with increasing amounts of sunshine.

Dig a planting hole that is twice the diameter of the nursery pot and the same depth.

Remove the laurel cutting from the pot. Place the roots into the planting hole. Backfill the hole with soil. Press gently around the base of the cutting to ensure good soil contact and remove any air pockets.

Pound a small stake into the soil, 18 cm (6 inches) from the laurel cutting. Tie the cutting loosely to the stake with plant ties.

Water the laurel cutting until the water puddles at its base. Keep the soil moist while the transplanted tree becomes established in its new location.


Remove the stake three months after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Small shovel
  • Stake
  • Plant ties
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Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at,,, RE/,,, and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.