How To Propagate Your Berry Plants
Once you have decided which berry plants to grow for your winter fruit-stock, then the next decision has to be how to go about it!Fortunately this is not rocket science, and growing berries to make Jam’s, Jellies, chutneys and a whole selection of fruit smoothies – not to mention great comfort food like fruit pies etc – is definitely doable for most folks.
So with that said, here is a brief outline of the methods to propagate your berry plants.
Most varieties prefer well drained, loamy well-composted ground with a good mixture of manure and organic material. Some support is usually required, especially when the fruits develop and the branches will sag with the weight if not tied to something.
Planting against a wall or fence where wires can be strung is ideal, or making a simple frame like the one in the picture will enable two rows to be supported by the one frame-work.
The young plant should be dug into the ground and pruned quite severely to encourage new growth, especially if you are hoping to get new shoots to transplant later.
Layering is another popular way to expand your berry planting. This is done in two different ways as is seen in the following pics.
Pegging the lowest shoot to the ground will result in it growing roots and establishing itself as an individual plant. This is usually ready to cut away and transplant after at least 1 full seasons growth.
Mound Layering as per the picture is a popular way to get a few shoots ready for transplanting at the one time. Simply cut the main shoot down to ground level or 1 inch below, the cover with soil.
The main shoot will grow accompanied by side shoots that will in turn root themselves as per the diagram. These are simply cut away below the roots and transplanted to their new home.
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