The great thing about
plants that tip layer easily is that you're likely to end up with extra
plants with absolutely no work on your part. Blackberries
and black raspberries
are probably the example you're most familiar with --- if you're not
careful, long canes of each will curve back down to the ground and root
at the end. But, as I learned this year, gooseberries fit into the same category.
We've been working to
get rid of weeds in our blueberry and gooseberry patch this summer,
which meant repeated weeding and mulching until the unwelcome plants
gave up the ghost. During one round of mulching, I accidentally
poured rotting wood chips on top of a few branches of my Poorman
gooseberry. Coming back around for a last weeding job in
November, I tugged at these branches...and found they'd grown
roots. All I had to do was clip off each branch above the rooted
section and pot it up to turn that into a new plant.
I could have put the
little gooseberry cuttings straight into the ground, but I didn't have
a spot picked out for mine and was a bit afraid such a small plant
would lose its footing in the winter soil's freeze/thaw if I didn't
mulch it extremely carefully. So I slipped the gooseberry pots
into the citrus growing area in Mark's room --- maybe he won't notice?
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