How to set up your cut­tings to pros­per next year

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

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

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