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Looking for tips on propagating trees native to Kentucky (USDA 6A)

 
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Location: Eastern Kentucky, 6A
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I currently have pawpaw, persimmon, wild plum, serviceberry, hazelnut, chestnut, and hickory seeds stratifying. I'd love to know how you grow trees from seed, especially anything on nursery beds/air prune beds and germinating. I have some excellent wild serviceberry and mulberry trees around the farm that I want to cultivate via cuttings and scions. Any tips on grafting these native (to me) trees are greatly appreciated. I'm in USDA Zone 6A, Kentucky.

There are some pawpaw and persimmon trees currently on the homestead, so I will be looking for the perfect scions for some of them and grafting next year.

Oh, and I want to propagate elderberry bushes from cuttings. Is it as easy as I've read? It's hard for me to believe I can just poke a stick in the ground and have a new plant. If so, I definitely want to cultivate some of the better elderberries on the homestead. I think a food forest of persimmons, pawpaws, plums, hazels, and elders would work nicely. Thanks!
 
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