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January week 2 – Blue Skies and Blackcurrant Propagation

This week I’ve noticed the days getting ever so slightly longer, it’s still dark when we leave work, but only just. Yesterday I stood in our front garden and stared at the fabulous blue sky whilst covered top to toe in thick winter clothes. The light is coming.

Look at the colour of that sky.

Cob nut tree in winter

Cob nut tree in winter

This week we have been rehoming our blackcurrant bush. It has been happily growing in our back garden for the past 4 years but as it’s in the site of our house extension it must go. Thankfully we need to populate our allotment with fruit bushes so we moved it there. We took this opportunity to prune and propagate.

To make new fruit bushes from our old blackcurrant we cut 35cm length tips off the branches – about a pencil width. Then simply pushed them into the ground. We didn’t use a rooting hormone as my grandad (and Monty D) say it’s not necessary – and who are we to argue?

Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant propagation

Blackcurrant propagation

Next we cut all of the branches left on our old blackcurrant bush to about 1 inch from the soil - it felt a bit drastic but apparently it will spring back to life in spring. Digging a wide hole around the base of the plant and heaving it into a wheel barrow to the allotment followed.

A stick garden

A stick garden

Here they are – our stick garden. If they all survive we will have 40 blackcurrant bushes plus the original – a good value original purchase!

Cordial anyone? Jane x

9 Responses to January week 2 – Blue Skies and Blackcurrant Propagation

  1. Sally says:

    I’ve been doing the same this week! Love blackcurrants

    • admin says:

      Have you tried making your own cordial with them?

  2. Greenfingers says:

    You are so lucky. This week we have had rain, rain, rain in Scotland! It does appear to be getting lighter in the evening though. What kind of camera do you use? Great photos :)

  3. Peter says:

    A wonderful way to increase the blackcurrant crop! Thanks for the tip!

    • admin says:

      No probs :) Jane

  4. Maria Waddingtob says:

    Are you back with us? Marion said you were back in action.

    • admin says:

      Yes, I’m back and so glad you are back too! Jane x

  5. Maria Waddingtob says:

    I would like to grow a blueberry bush in a pot, or in the soil. Do you have any experience in this to give advice?

    • admin says:

      Hi Maria, yes – we have three blueberry bushes that are happily growing in a large pot each. Unless you have acid soil, they are best in pots filled with ericaceous compost. Water with rain water (tap water is alkaline I think and will neutralise the acid soil they like) and grow in a small group so they can fertilise each other. I will do a post for you in the spring when they look a bit more alive than they do at the moment! Jane

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