Propagating Blackberries

The time has come this summer to prune my blackberries.  The few berries left are not nearly as good as the earlier berries, and the new canes are so long and lanky. They get in my way of mowing.  Instead of throwing the clippings on the burn pile, I am going to turn this material into new plants.  Propagating blackberries is relatively easy, and I am going to show you how I do it.

Start with a shallow plastic tote. Drill several holes in the bottom for drainage and fill with peat moss.
Take 4-6 inch cuttings from this years growth and remove all but 1 or 2 leaves.
Utilizing rooting hormone is not totally necessary but I feel it will help my odds of having success.


Dip the end of the cutting into the rooting hormone powder and the tap it on the side of the container to remove the excess. The powder only needs to be lightly applied.


Place the cutting in the peat moss with the treated end down.


All of the cuttings have been placed into the peat moss. The piece of tape is so that I can tell that the cuttings came from different varieties.


Water the cuttings in well the first time. after that you want to keep the peat moss damp but not wet.  I have heard that it should feel like a damp sponge.  After that place them in a shady place.


In just a few weeks this is what you will have. The cutting will begin to create new roots and you will have a new plant that has the same characteristics of the plant that it came from.

It is really as simple as that.  By the time fall rolls around, I will be planting these in the ground.  The cooler weather will allow them to become established before winter hits and they should be ready to take off growing in the spring.


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