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How to Propagate Mistletoe


You will need: Knife, Mistletoe Berries, Suitable Tree

If you have not thrown your mistletoe away, try growing your own! This partial parasite grows on plants like apple, hawthorn and poplar. Use fresh, plump berries in March.

Best time to do it:

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Step 1

Step 1 of How to Propagate Mistletoe

Start by cutting a flap in the bark under a branch lifting it up.

Step 2

Step 2 of How to Propagate Mistletoe

Insert (squish) the mistletoe berries into the wound.

Step 3

Step 3 of How to Propagate Mistletoe

Be gentle and make sure not to break off the flap.

Step 4

Step 4 of How to Propagate Mistletoe

Germinating seeds cause a swelling around the wound and small leaves will appear by the autumn. The success rate is variable, so use 4-5 seeds to improve the odds. It takes around 5 years for the female mistletoe to grow large enough to flower and produce berries.

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