This easy step by step guide shows how to take boysenberry cuttings to create more plants without spending a thing. No cutting powder or growth hormone is needed to take boysenberry cuttings successfully.
Boysenberries grow on a vine with the berries forming on the previous years’ growth. These berries don’t keep for a long time once picked so having enough coming off at once for your recipes is important.
Taking cuttings is a great way to expand your vines without spending more money so you will have plenty of these unique berries for jams, jellies, pies and tarts.
Taking Boysenberry Cuttings
Unlike normal cuttings you don’t need to cut the vine or put it in a pot. The end of the vine which has new growth is planted in the ground then kept moist. The roots will form from this end.
This is a good method for increasing your plants along a fence as you can plant the end of the vine in its final position. New vines will grow from the new roots.
It is best to wait until new vines begin growing from the roots before cutting the original vine from the parent plant.
The best time of the year to take boysenberry cuttings is in the late spring to summer when the new vines are growing.
The cuttings will take root in a few days to weeks depending on your climate however it is best to wait until new vines grow from the roots before transplanting.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Leather Gloves – These thorn resistant Long Gloves are perfect for handling thorny boysenberry vines. They are highly rated and great value on Amazon. (Paid link)
- Shovel or Trowel
- Aged Manure or Compost
- Liquid Fertilizer – Save money with this 10 pound pack of Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food from Miracle-Gro. (Paid link)
How to Take Boysenberry Cuttings
- Prepare the Soil
First prepare the new position by digging in aged manure or compost. Make a hole 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15cm) deep.
- Plant the End of a Vine
Plant the end of a new season vine in the hole then firm the soil around it. You may need to tie the vine in a position which will keep it from pulling out of the ground.
- Plant Care
Water in well then keep moist but not waterlogged. New vines may not appear until the following spring depending on your climate. Once they do, apply liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season for the best results.
The new boysenberry vine can be transplanted in the winter to a new position. Keep the roots moist when transplanting to reduce plant shock.
It will take 2 years from the time of taking boysenberry cuttings to see berries on the new boysenberry plant as the berries will form on the previous years vines. See this guide to Planting and Growing Boysenberries for more information.
Do you have too many boysenberries than you can use? Try this guide to Freezing Boysenberries.
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