Free Blackberry Plants with Tip Layering

Propagate Blackberries with Tip Layering

You can easily propagate your blackberry plants by tip layering them. Also called tip rooting – I like to do this directly into small plastic cups making it easy to verify that the roots are growing and then share with others! I reuse a plastic container and drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Take a blackberry (or raspberry) cane and bring it down and bury the tip about 2-3 inches into the middle of the cup. Cover with a rock on top to keep it in place. Check back in about 3 weeks to see the roots along the bottom. To separate, go back up the cane leaving at least 3 or 4 nodes of leaves and cut. Now you can transplant this to another area of your garden or simply give the cup to family or friends that want to grow their own!

How to Serpentine Layer Blackberry Plants

Serpentine Layering Blackberries

Serpentine Layering is one of the two ways I propagate my blackberry and raspberry plants. Trailing varieties work best as they are easier to layer in this manner. I take a cane that easily bends down to a pot and I lay it across and bury the center of the cane. As it grows, usually about another week or 2 then I bring it over to another pot and repeat the process. The most I’ve gotten is 7 new plants from a single serpentine layered cane!

Grow Mango Tree From Store Bought Fruit

Grow Mango Tree From Seed

How I grew a mango tree from the seed of a store bought mango.

First – enjoy the mango fruit then extract the seed from the endocarp.
Now peel the coating and cover with a damp paper towel for a 3-6 weeks until you see it has germinated.

Lightly cover with soil with the roots facing down and the stem facing up.
Cover the seedling with a large plastic bag and keep moisture inside as the tree begins to grow. Watch the video above for seed to 4 month progress.

Install Bird Netting With Cattle Panel Frames

My strawberry garden has started to produce strawberries and the birds have found them. Time to install bird netting. I looked at several options including pvc to make hoops and other options but I settled on using a cattle panel. I’ve used cattle panels to make an arch trellis for my watermelons and cantaloupes in the past and it has worked well. Video of the process I used to make an arch with the cattle panel and secure bird netting over it is below. It has worked well so far to keep the birds out!

Install Bird Netting with Cattle Panel Frames

Grow a Peach Tree from Seed

All the research I’d done for growing a peach tree from seed said you had to do a few months of cold stratification in order for the seed to germinate. I found a short cut of this process that goes from seed germination to a pot in 14 days. Here’s my journey for growing a peach tree from a store bought peach!

Peach Tree Part 1 Germinate and Plant Peach Seed in 2 Weeks
Peach Tree Part 2 Weeks 2-8
Peach Tree Part 3 Months 3-8

Oct 28th, 2020
1. Extract the peach seed from the peach pit. I used a channel lock wrench to break open peach pit while covering it with a paper towel.

Extract Peach Seed
Extract Peach Seed

2. Place the seed in a cup of water over night. This makes the seed coating easier to peel.

Soak Peach Seed in water overnight
Soak Peach Seed in water overnight

October 29th, 2020
3. Peel the peach seed coating the next morning. Scrape it with your fingernail and then peel it off in parts. Careful with the pointed end as that is where the root will begin to grow.

Peel Peach Seed Coating
Peel Peach Seed Coating
Peeled Peach Seed
Peeled Peach Seed

4. Place the peach seed in a container with a paper towel on the bottom.

Seed on paper towel in container
Seed on paper towel in container

5. Cover the Peach seed with damp paper towel.

Cover seed with damp paper towel
Cover seed with damp paper towel

6. Place the lid back on but do not close it all the way so air can get in.

Cover but don't seal lid
Cover but don’t seal lid

7. Cover with a dark towel.

Cover with a towel
Cover with a towel

November 5th, 2020
1 week update: The seed has split and the root tip is forming on right side.

Peach seed has split
Peach seed has split

November 8th, 2020
Day 10 update: I turned the container around and now the root is on the left. Root growth on the left and the seed split is forming leaves.

Peach seed germinated with root
Peach seed germinated with root

November 12th, 2020
Day 14 update: Good root growth and moving to a pot. Peach seedling is currently all yellow.

Peach seedling to pot
Peach seedling to pot
Peach seeding planted
Peach seeding planted

November 17th, 2020
Day 19 – Turning from yellow to green (after 5 days in a pot).

Turning from yellow to green after 5 days in a pot
Turning from yellow to green after 5 days in a pot

November 24th, 2020
Day 26 – More green with new leaf/stalk growth.

More green with new leaf/stalk growth
More green with new leaf/stalk growth
All green with new leaf/stalk growth
All green with new leaf/stalk growth

Seed to germination to planting in a pot in only 14 days. The picture above is on day 26 – much faster then using cold stratification. My other peach seeds in the refrigerator still haven’t even split yet…