This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
If properly planted, ninety-five out of every one hundred cuttings will grow, and that vigorously. I know no plant that grows more readily from the cutting, and have planted with equal success in October, November and February. Several have planted here, and have nice hedges, with but little trouble. The following is the course adopted:
Prepare the ground intended to be planted, by digging deep, and if poor, enriching with vegetable mold, as nothing will flourish in a poor soil or clay; take the cuttings, the growth of the previous season, and in pieces of a foot long set in the groudn eight inches, slanting a little, and leaving four inches above. They must not be disturbed the first year, by hoeing or weeding, and if planted where they are intended to stand, any that don't grow can be replaced with some taken from one end of the row, and the others will have furnished cuttings enough to make several strings of fence of the same length. It makes a useful as well as ornamental hedge, and if trimmed at the 1st of June, and any time from November 1st to February 1st, cutting it well back each time, it will, in a few years, make a fence impervious to stock or anything else.