How to set up your cuttings to prosper next year
LAST autumn I took several hardwood cuttings from a blackcurrant bush and now they are ready to move into larger pots. I could plant them straight into the ground, but they should do better if they spend winter in pots of compost in a protected environment, such as the cold frame now and greenhouse later.
They will be planted out into their final positions next spring, when the frosts have passed.
Hardwood cuttings are taken in autumn, when plants are dormant and their wood has hardened off to withstand colder weather.
This is a relatively fail-safe way of increasing plant stocks, but you need to be patient – cuttings can take up to a year to take root. I struck mine in a 12in (30cm) pot of cuttings compost mixed with perlite, but you can also root cuttings in a trench in a sheltered area of the garden.
The cuttings have strong root systems Remove the cuttings after tapping gently around the pot. Try to keep the rootball intact