How to Take a Cutting From a Blueberry Tree

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When planting with a cutting from a blueberry tree, you're going to want to make sure that you take that cutting in just the right way. Take a cutting from a blueberry true with help from a longtime gardener and blogger in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Amy from, and I'm going to talk just a little bit about how to take a cutting from a blueberry tree which is or bush, they're really bushes, but they're woody so people call think of them as trees. And when you're looking at what, what piece to take for your cutting, for starters, you know, you'll need good sharp pruners and they'll need to be clean so that you don't introduce bacteria to the, the cut part. And you'll need a pot with a mix of vermiculite and peat moss about half and half as a rooting medium and a big plastic bag to close it all up to make them up to make a mini green house of if you're just doing this on a small scale, like I would be doing. But when looking at this bush it's the, it's really fall out in the front yard the blueberry bushes are a lot further along than this. This one is still pretty green. And you usually, usually blueberry cuttings are best if they're taking from soft wood and that would have been in July, but I missed that window because it's fall now. And so I'm going to be taking hard wood cuttings which are not quite as reliably successful, but they'll still work well enough for me. And so I'm going to be taking a piece, piece of this bush from, from down along this stem. So just to start because this is the one I want to work with, I've decided, looking at it more closely and get this all out of the way. What you want to look at to make your cuttings is, is these little, these little places right here. Do you see those little nodes, those little spots? Those are, those are sights of active growth, like a branch, like this little twig here would come out of a place like that and that one there came out of place kind of like that. Those are places that are actively going to grow. So the cuttings that you make should be 4 or 5 inches long and when you're making each one, I tend to make them angled at the bottom, the angled side is down, the flat across side is up. That way if I put them down and I forget what I was doing I have a clue, that's very helpful. And when you're making a cuttings, I got this angled side and I'm going to make a little injury here on the, on this, just scraping the bark here. Okay and that scrape exposes more of the cambium layer and a cambium layer is the part that actively grows right under the bark and so that's where a lot of good cell division is going to take place. And when I'm making this injury it kind of mobilizes hormones and oxins and all kind of things to those points of injury, they know that something has to be done there to fix it. Now when I put this in the rooting medium over time those cells are going to form a callous and out of that callous are going to grow roots and that's what I'm looking for. When I put this in the soil, I'm just going to put in down in there just like an inch or so. So this is my pot that I washed, you can tell that I have used it before, I'll have to relabel it, it says, Black Cap Raspberries on it and it's not going to be raspberries any more, it's going to be blueberries. You could put a lot more than just three of these twigs around here, of these, of these cut, stem cuttings, you could put several. And I have put some chopsticks in to hold the plastic bag up just so that it doesn't collapse on top of the plants. You set the whole thing in the bag and if I had been really cleaver I would have brought a twisty out with me, but I don't have one with me. The soil is moist, but it's not soaking wet because you don't want to start a fungus growing, you don't want it to be too wet. And I'll twisty this up, it'll be like a little mini green house and after a few weeks and it could take time I'll, I'll open it back up and check. And you can check for whether it's rooted and don't be too eager, you know give it time, it, if you tug on the twig on, on the stem cutting and it's, it resists being pulled out of the, of the soil then that means it's started to have some roots that are hanging down in there and that's, that's a good thing. So after they have started to grow some roots you'll, they'll be able to move them to a fresh pot. And then you'll be able to grow them on and have lots more blueberries for your yard. So this is Amy starting blueberry tree from a stem cutting.


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