Used in jams, sauces, baked goods and sorbets, black currants are a unique alternative to more commonly eaten berries such as raspberries and blueberries. Begin growing your own black currants by transplanting offshoot cuttings from mature plants. Offshoots are vigorous branches that grow laterally underground, near the base of a plant, and shoot up from the soil. Because offshoots are already on their way to self-rooting, they are well-suited cuttings for propagation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Garden trowel
- Pruning shears
- Small pot
- Plastic bag
Water the soil around the offshoot thoroughly a few hours before removing the cutting. Watering will loosen the soil for digging and ensure adequate hydration of the offshoot.
Remove the soil by carefully digging around the offshoot with a garden trowel. If the offshoot has become its own plant, keep the roots intact with some oil attached. Cut the offshoot to an 8-to-12-inch length, using pruning shears.
Plant the offshoot in a small pot with moist potting soil, before it dries out. Plant the offshoot so just the top one or two buds are exposed. Place a clear plastic bag loosely over the pot to create a humid environment. Water the black currant offshoot just enough to keep the soil slightly damp.
Set the pot indoors, in a warm location with plenty of sunlight. Water the plant just enough to keep the soil lightly dampened. Remove the plastic cover after the black currant plant is established and starts growing. Grow the plant indoors until the following spring.
Find a sunny, outdoor location to transplant the young black currant plant at least 3 feet from other plants. Amend the soil with approximately 10 per cent compost.
Dig a hole that is slightly deeper and slightly wider than the root ball. For more than one black currant plant, space plants 3 feet apart and in rows spaced 6 feet apart. Deeply water and cover the soil with a layer of mulch after planting.
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