Do you know that there are four easy and simple steps to propagate soft fruits? But first, we need to know what soft fruits are.
Fruits that grow on bushes are what we call soft fruits. Berries, strawberries, and currants are just some examples of soft fruits. Growing these types of fruits are a little bit tricky, and the best way to do these is thru propagation. So, how do we do this? Here are four Easy and Simple Steps To Propagate Soft Fruits.
Four Easy and Simple Steps To Propagate Soft Fruits
1. Fresh Growth or Mature Growth
Determining weather the plant you want to propagate will come from fresh growth or mature growth or both is the first thing you need to do when you want to propagate soft fruits. Next is to cut the healthiest vine, stem, and branch from your plant. Put back your vine, stem, and branch that have been cut to the potting bench. To avoid drying out of the cut pieces, you can also put them in plastic bags.
2. Cutting and Trimming
Below the bud of your plant, where the leaves comes out from the stem, cut to about a foot with the use of a trimming knife. Trim all the leaves, just leaving the leaves at the top if your growth has already grown leaves. Make sure that the right piece is pushed into the soil. Never forget where the bottom most part of your pieces are. If you plant the wrong end of your piece at the soil, your piece will not grow.
3. Dipping the Pieces
Use a Rooting Hormone Powder to dip the end of your pieces. Slip your dipped pieces into a potting soil. Fill your pot with free draining potting soil and make sure that your cuttings are about 70-75 percent covered with your potting mix. The soil mixture in your potting soil should also have a good moisture and air flow access to the roots. Leave at least 3 buds on the ground if your cuttings have already buds in them.
After you are done with your ensemble, put it in a location where it has a good access to sunlight and put a clear plastic bag over the top of your pot. Always make sure that your soil is damp. You should see leaf and root growth in the next one and a half month.