Propagating Blackberries via Tipping or Layering
This video is about Propagating Blackberries via Tipping or Layering. These wonderful bushes propagate themselves and we show you how to dig them up and transplant them.
The blackberry plants that I have, grow into almost a vine and extend out for up to twenty feet. Anywhere that they touch the ground they root. This is sometimes done on purpose and it is called tipping or layering. To make a new plant all you have to do is cut the plant stem about six inches above where it sprouted new roots. The next year the plant will sprout new stalks and grow into a new bush.
Potting Them Up
After I have cut the plant stem above the sprouted new roots, I put them in a pot. I’m using five inch pots for these cuttings. The first thing I do is to put a layer of soil on the bottom of the pot. I only put about a half to three quarters of an inch of soil on the bottom. Then I put the plant in and it usually requires me to fold up the roots to get them to fit. This is no big deal because the rooting system will be unfolded and spread out prior to planting. After the roots are in the pot, then I cover them with some more soil and water them.
Protect from Freezing
I will bring these pots into the garage during the months of January and February. This is so the roots don’t get below 20-degrees Fahrenheit, which would kill the plants. The plant can withstand temperatures below 20-degrees if it is in the ground because the ground will not actually get that cold. In a pot the roots will get colder because the ground can’t insulate them, so they need protection.
The best time to plant these cuttings would be in the fall. This would allow them to start building their root system over winter and if they are in the ground, the root system is protected more.
The next best time to plant them is in the spring as soon as the ground is workable. I will be selling some of these at Great Escape Nursery. They will ship in the spring as bare root plants.
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