[NAFEX] Rooting currants

John Barbowski jbarbowski at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 00:05:57 EST 2009

This year, I rooted about 75 black current cuttings if July. A couple of
weeks after fruiting, I pruned the bushes, primarily getting rid of older
wood. I then took the branches and cut them into about 8 inch sections and
placed them in water in a shady area. I had almost all cuttings take root.
All were planted this fall. Both current year's growth and older wood
developed roots. About 5% were lost due to rotting.

The currents were Ben Sarek and Ben Lomonde. Ben Sarek didn't root as
vigourously as BL.

I did the same with figs, namely taking cuttings (12")  and placing them in
water. Again, both current year's growth and older wood rooted. The fig was
a yellow Excel. They were planted in soil in late Sept. (I never had good
success rooting them the normal way with dormant cuttings in taken in the

Unfortunately, the summer was so poor, the 20 or so figs on the mother plant
never developed. All the leaves have now dropped leaving the nice large figs
still green on the branches. A poor year in general for figs.


On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Dale Burkholder <dburk at planetcomm.net>wrote:

>  Lon & everybody else;
> I found an old email on my computer with some advice about rooting
> currants. I am planning to start 100-200 Crandall currants for sale in the
> spring, and would like to know if I am interpreting these instructions
> (below) properly.
> My idea is to wait another month until dormant, then cut 6" sections of new
> growth (or is last year's growth also okay?), place them 4-5 inches apart -
> about 2/3rds buried in the ground in an unheated greenhouse, add a few
> inches of mulch for insulation and wait until spring.
> Or, Plan B, assuming the roots won't grow much anyway until spring, can I
> just cram them in a big ol' feed bag full of sand/soil mix with tops
> sticking out and leave outside in the snow and rain until March and then
> plant them in pots?
> Dale Burkholder
> Shenandoah Valley, VA   Zone 6
> If I did learn to speak proper English, who would I speak it to?
> At 05:57 PM 5/13/2003, Lon wrote:
> That's about the worst time to root them.  Once the buds break, the
> cuttings won't root.  Much easier to wait a few weeks and root some green
> cuttings under mist.  Or take dormant cuttings in the fall and plant them in
> moist sand on the sheltered side of a building.  When they leaf out in
> spring they are rooted and can be set out.   I used to do it for a big berry
> nursery.
> -Lon Rombough From: Tom Olenio <tolenio at sentex.net> Reply-To: North
> American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> Date: Tue, 13 May 2003
> 18:34:42 -0400 To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Rooting ribes
>  Hello, What is the best method to root currants early in the spring, when
> the plant is no longer dormant? Thanks, Tom ____________
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