My blueberry cuttings are growing!

stoloniferous(6)March 19, 2008

I could dance a jig: IÂve never tried growing anything from cuttings before, and thought IÂd give it a shot with wild blueberry. IÂve got them in a sandy soil mix and sealed up in gallon milk jugs so that I wouldnÂt have to water them. After ignoring them for only a week and a half, I peeked in to find the buds swelling  and one emerging leaf! Woot!

I assume now it would be best if I continued to leave them be for a few more weeks so as not to damage the new roots. . . In the mean time IÂm going to see what else I can get some cuttings of. This is addictive!

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Oh I hope I am not ruining your dance. Am I right to assume that these are hardwood cuttings (because of the time of year and your zone)? You may want to check to see if you have any roots. My guess is that bringing these in from the cold has broken their dormancy. If they have no roots, they will use up their energy stores and then die. It really is fun and addictive. However, hardwood cuttings taken from dormant stock are handled much differently than actively growing tip cuttings. I really hope your blueberry cuttings make it, but if they don't, don't give up.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2008 at 6:52PM
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Oh. Bummer. These are hardwood cuttings. Got any suggestions?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2008 at 5:21PM
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price403(Zone 6b, WV)

I grow blueberries from hardwood cuttings. As long as the soil stays warm, they will eventually grow roots. You might only get 40% or 50% to root, but it's better than none. I usually make softwoof cuttings in June to get a higher survival rate. I like to put my hardwood cuttings on a table near a south facing window preferrably close to a furnace vent or another source of warmth such as a radiator. Keep the soil temp around 70 degrees F and they will root about 2 to 4 weeks after bud break. I hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 12:25PM
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Thanks for the info, Price! My cuttings have little leaves and look reasonably happy, so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed. One website I found did mention that even in commercial propagation of lowbrush blueberry, that only 50% can be expected to survive. If I "only" get 40% to root, I'll be thrilled!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 1:28PM
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