Hardwood Cuttings in the Autumn
Legend tells us that Joseph of Arimathea stuck his staff into the ground at Glastonbury and it took root and grew into the Glastonbury Thorn. Why he left it there nobody knows, maybe he forgot where he put it.
In the autumn if you plant a fairly large stem of many plants into the ground they will often root and grow, I have been successful with Willows and Roses. I usually get a 12 inch woody stem and plant two thirds in the ground and one third showing.
The secret is to put them somewhere that they wonít get overgrown and forget about them till spring. When spring arrives and everything is coming into leaf, go and have a look at them. If there are any signs of life they have probably taken. But leave them alone, they are best left untill the next autumn before transplanting them. Then they can be dug up and moved when they are dormant, just like quickthorn is transplanted bare rooted each winter. This method seems to work best with deciduous plants.
Sadly I have never been able to root hawthorn using this method, it is generally grown from seed or grafted. So how Joseph of Arimatheaís staff rooted I donít know, but it was supposed to have originated from a piece of the crown of thorns.
The great thing with this method is that it costs you nothing, you can try it out with prunings that you were going to throw away, or beg a few bits from a neighbour.