Layering Blackberries

Not the best of pictures, but the blackberry cane growing up from the pot is a newly rooted plant–if you look carefully you can see the stem leading down from the parent plant (the one with brown-tipped leaves that survived the winter). Blackberries can be propagated by layering, that is, burying the tip of a can in soil until it establishes roots, then eventually separating the new plant from the parent. I haven’t done it before, so this is my first experiment. There was a single blackberry plant in our backyard when we bought this house, unfortunately in a very shady spot where it hasn’t thrived. We didn’t get any berries from it last year, but I thought maybe I could get some baby plants out of it to plant in sunnier parts of the yard. Looking good so far!

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