|Cranberry runner forming roots|
|Blueberries: an early-spring job|
A lot of berry propagation is by way of hardwood cuttings: this works for red, white and blackcurrants, cranberries, blueberries, gooseberries and blackberries (the latter two can also be propagated by layering). Apart from blueberries, where cuttings are best taken around March time, all other berry cuttings should be taken now, in the autumn.
Our Early Black cranberries have put out a lot of runners which, obligingly, formed roots - a good starting point for the cranberry cuttings. I took 36 cranberry cuttings, which was pretty easy and quick to do. Even if only a handful make it, this will be an amazing cost saving.
|The latest strawberry bed|
|Strawberry runner putting out roots|
|Potted up runner|
To make new plants from runners, select a healthy-looking specimen from a healthy-looking mother plant. This can be done from July onwards. The runner may already be forming roots, even in the air. Pick the one closest to the mother plant if a row of them has formed. Pot it up and securely pin down the link to the mother plant with a paper clip. Leave it for at least four weeks to make sure it is well rooted, then cut the umbilical cord. It is now ready to be transplanted.
|The raspberries have made it |
all the way into the herb bed
One berry that you won't need to actively propagate is the raspberry. It will do all the work itself. It's more a question of stopping them from taking over...