I see from reading the thread that growing maples from cuttings is a highly charged issue, with some people prefering to graft. I've not done any grafting or grown anything from a cutting so I'm a real newbie in this area. I tried softwood cuttings of Japanese Maples in mid-summer but not a single one rooted. I must have tried about 20 cuttings so I was hoping at least one would work. I used a powder root hormone but have got a gel for next year, hopefully that will give me more success. Are Japanese Maples known to be hard to grow from cuttings? or am I just getting it all wrong? Do you think it's worth taking a cutting now and placing it in the fridge ready for next year? I read somewhere that this method works with some plants (no idea if it works for J. Maples though). I'm hoping to get some tips and help on all the issues regarding growing maples from cutting, so if anyone has any tips or advice please post.