How to take hardwood cuttings of blackcurrant plants

Do it:

Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Blackcurrants are easily propagated from hardwood cuttings. Simply wait until the plant has lost all of its leaves (indicating that it is dormant), and remove strong, healthy stems from the base of the bush. The cuttings don't need any special treatment - all they need to take root is well-drained soil in a sheltered border or cold frame. You could even propagate them in a pot.

You will need

Blackcurrant plant

Secateurs

Advertisement

From the stems you have removed from the bush, cut a section 20-25cm long and as thick as a pencil. Ensure there is a bud at both the top and bottom of the cutting, and remember which end is the top. Aim to have five or six buds per cutting.

In your cuttings bed, make a narrow, 10-cm-deep, v-shaped trench by pressing the soil back with a spade. Then simply insert your cuttings (the right way up), spacing them at least 10cm apart.

Firm the cuttings gently by hand. The surface level will drop, but make sure that half of the cutting or at least two buds are under the soil surface. The buds above the surface will break leaf in spring.

Use your feet to firm the cuttings into the row. This will stop them lifting up when the ground is frozen, and will also reduce any movement, improving rooting. The cuttings will have grown roots by next summer, but leave them in place until September, when you can transplant them to their final growing positions.

Advertisement

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to extract seeds from berries

Planting for wildlife

How to take aster cuttings

Related offers

Offer

12 for £19.50, plus free gift

Create a big impact from winter to spring with beautiful 'Double Ellen' hellebores. Buy six for £12, or save £4.50 when you buy the collection of 12 plants for just £19.50. Plus, receive three free Christmas rose plants (worth £14.50) with your order.

Order now

HALF PRICE

Flowering patio shrubs

Save 50 per cent when you buy a collection of three low-maintenance patio shrubs for just £22.50 (normally £15 each). Collection includes a dwarf hyrdangea, daphne and escallonia.

Order now

Offer

Walking breaks from £91

Explore some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes on foot, including hotel, breakfast, one evening meal and packed lunch. Each walk includes a local map and walking guide book, so you’re ready to go.

Use code: HB646

Order now