Center Cut and Base Cut Cuttings

I had quite a few people ask what “center cuts” and “base cuts” are. They are simply cuttings without a growth tip. A center cut is an un-rooted cutting with no tips. A base cut is a rooted cutting with no tips. These cuttings are usually a result of tree trimming that produces large unmaneageable cuttings. Those cuttings are then cut into smaller sizes that are easier to handle. Cuttings that are too tall require a lot of stabilization, any shifting can disrupt the rooting process.

The tipless cuttings may seem a bit unsightly at first, but once they branch and leaf you don’ t notice it, especially once it matures into a large tree. I have found that certain varieties will produce more tips on a cut end (4-5), compared to the number of tis produced when they bloom(2-3). (This isn’t always the case, sometimes a center cut will only produce 2 tips). Another benefit of the center cut, is size. Because they are usually take from large trees, the cutting will be nice and thick, making a nice sturdy base.

Example of a tree that was grown from a "center" or "base" cut plumeria cutting

Example of a tree that was grown from a “center” or “base” cut plumeria cutting. This is an extreme example, with an unusual amount of tips.

Center Cut Plumeria

Close up of a rooted center cut after producing tips. This is a more typical example, with 3-4 tips.