[NAFEX] rooting Red Currants

Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) sam.brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Apr 18 13:54:27 EDT 2011

Ginda, I think cuttings should still root this spring even though the buds on the plant are beginning to break.  Spade up a spot where the soil's friable, in full sun or partial shade.  Take cuttings of last season's growth asap, trying to have at least 5 nodes.  Snip the terminal bud off each cutting.  Stick the cuttings in the area you've worked up, apical end up, with one or more buds sticking out of the ground.  Water the cuttings in well.  Water whenever the soil appears dry and pull any weeds that come up among the cuttings.  The cuttings should be well rooted by late summer. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA hardiness zone 4b).  

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From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ginda Fisher
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:52 AM
To: NAFEX Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] rooting Red Currants

How hard is it to root red currants?  Can I do it right now, with a plant that is just pushing buds?

I have a feral red currant that I got as a seedling in my uncle's back yard. I've had it for more than 20 years, now, and it is in decline. Also, I'd like to use that spot for a Carmine Jewel cherry, but I'd like to save part of the plant if I could.  I will try to transplant it, but that's dicey with an old ailing plant.  I wondered if I might also try to cut off some twigs and root them, and how to do that.

Eastern MA, zone 6

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