How to Propagate a Blueberry Bush

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Propagating a blueberry bush involves taking a cutting from the top of the plant's apex, applying some root hormone to the exposed cut and planting it in a peat moss and perlite mixture. Encourage new root growth from a cutting with help from a professional landscape designer in this free video on edible gardens.

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Hi, my name is James Sheridan and I have a local landscaping business called Destination Gardens and we're here at Windmill Farms in order to show you how to propagate the Blueberry plant. Now a lot of people will buy a Blueberry and have it growing for awhile and they; even if they're doing the, the trimming of it; they might think, "Oh why don't I use these cuttings and make myself some more Blueberries. What you're going to need for this project of making some rootings is a nursery flat available at any nursery. You're going to go ahead and fill that with your soil mixture which is going to be Perlite, peat moss and of course potting soil. The other thing is you're going to need some kind of rooting hormone; this one is called Root Tone. There's others available in liquid form as well. You're also going to need a nice sharp and clean pair of shears. You can, you can pass on problems to plants with a dirty pair of shears and of course you're going to need a, an existing Blueberry plant. You want to cut yourself a piece from the top or what they call the apex of the plant and you go something about like that. Now, we'll look later, there's a node right here where the leaf was growing. Now we can trick that node into producing a root and we do that by using this product which is called Root Tone; there's many products out in the market, some are liquids and some are dry powder such as this one. Now what we do is we've got ourselves a nursery flat here full of soil that we've already mixed. It's again, the soil is half peat moss, half potting soil and a little bit of a vermiculite which helps the little roots; helps the cutting itself stand straight up and the roots can grow much easier. Now what I would do is I would continue to trim this plant back and make myself up to sixty to eighty plants in here and not all of them will survive; but you're going to get a good bunch of them which you can now slowly root out and put back into your farm.


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