It’s easy to propagate your favourite fruit bushes by taking hardwood cuttings from healthy plants over winter.
Suitable fruits include gooseberries, blackcurrants, whitecurrants and redcurrants and after about a year’s time you’ll be rewarded with healthy new plants, all for free.
As well as fruit bushes, you can also take hardwood cuttings in winter from lots of other woody perennials, including roses, viburnums, dogwoods, willow and forsythia.
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Follow these easy steps to take cuttings from fruit bushes like blackcurrants and gooseberries.
You Will Need
- Fruit bushes
Select a healthy stem of the current season’s growth, and cut it from the plant right at the base. Select only one or two stems from each bush.
Reduce the cutting down to 25-30cm long, trimming just below a bud at the base, and above a bud at the top. Remove soft growth at the stem tip. With redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries, remove all but the top three or four buds to create a clear stem. Leave all the buds on blackcurrants.
Choose a warm, bright site with free-draining soil, and make a vertical slit in the soil with a spade. Then put a layer of sharp sand or grit in the base of the slit trench.
Insert the cuttings to about half their depth, spacing them about 20cm apart. Firm the soil back around them, then water in well. Water in dry spells and the cuttings should be ready to transplant in about a year’s time.