Three new Black Currents for free- propagation using ‘layering’.

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Last spring I pegged down a low hanging branch from my black current, in the hopes of getting a new plant from it and it’s worked a treat!

Propagation using layering is as easy as pie, I do like to take cuttings but this method may take longer but works a treat and it’s so simple!

All you need to do is take a low hanging supple branch and either peg, bury or pop a heavy stone on top of it. I covered mine with about 7cm of soil and gave it a good water. You can see in the picture I’m pointing to the original branch that I layered, look at all those fab roots and the wonderful growth! Also be careful not to snap the branch as you bring it down to soil level.

Another point, ensure that it is able to respond to layering! Plants such as hybrid berries, some woody herbs, Hydrangea, Forsythia, honeysuckle, Wisteria – actually quite a lot, all respond nicely to this process. Then when it’s ready dig it up, cut it from it’s parent plant and either pot it up or find it a new home somewhere in your garden or allotment.

I have two plants from a Forsythia which was originally from my amazing Granddad Berty, who gave some to my Mum and then she did the same for me – it’s almost like a family tradition to pass it down! (The lovely thing is, when ever I look at it, especially when it’s in flower I think of my Granddad and his allotment and my Mum in her little veg plot).

It’s easy and gets great results, do it either now in spring or in autumn. And don’t be too impatient, just leave it to it and have a look the following spring or autumn. Although plants such as honeysuckle are loads quicker!

So new plants from old, that’s what it’s all about and it’s so simple… Happy gardening! X

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7 responses to “Three new Black Currents for free- propagation using ‘layering’.

  1. This is a really handy tip. We’ve only got one blackcurrant bush a second would be good. (Though we had tonnes of fruit last year.) in going to try it. I like all the colour in your photos. Allotment pics can be a bit brown with green specks at this time of year! Thanks.

  2. Brilliant, I never thought of doing this! I’ve just taken on a second plot (currently being cleared) and plan to grow lots of fruit bushes etc for jam making, they’re not cheap to buy. I’m going give this a go with my lovely blackcurrant bush growing happily on my other plot.

    Karen

    • Fab!! Isn’t it just lush helping fellow allotmenters! I’d love another plot, ooh it would be great! Good luck and I look forward to reading about all the developments!! Xxxx

  3. Reblogged this on Ace Food News 2014 and commented:
    #AF&HN2014 and this one šŸ™‚ My brother is propagating soft fruits šŸ™‚

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