[NAFEX] rooting Red Currants

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Mon May 30 11:06:05 EDT 2011


The four pots with cuttings in composted leaves look pretty hopeless, not completely dead, but close. The two that I filled with commercial potting soil are looking quite nice, and I expect both to make it.  The parent plant that I put into too small a pot is looking pretty good, I'm sure that if I water it over the summer and move it to some other spot in the fall it will be okay.

Oh, and the little cherry tree is growing nicely.

On Apr 18, 2011, at 4:16 PM, Ginda Fisher wrote:

> Thanks.  I took a bunch of cuttings yesterday and put them in pots, some in composted fall leaves, and some in commercial potting soil.  (And 2 with rooting hormone, just for kicks.)  But I didn't cut off the terminal buds.  I'll do that.  I shoved the sticks most of the way into the pots, but felt I should leave a little room at the bottom, in case they rooted there.
> I also dug out the parent plant and put it into a large pot.  We shall see if it survives.
> I hope this little cherry tree is worth it.  :-)
> Ginda
> eastern MA, zone 6
> On Apr 18, 2011, at 1:54 PM, Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) wrote:
>> 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).  
>> -----Original Message-----
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Ginda
>> Eastern MA, zone 6
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