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Q.Air Layer Blackberries

Zone LIttle Rock, AR zone 7 | Anonymous added on May 25, 2022 | Answered

My husband is wanting to start planting and selling blackberry plants. He purchased several of the black balls that attached to a branch and start their own roots on the branch. Seems simple and much less work involved as opposed to tip layering. And, if possible, it would make the new growth much quicker to grow and produce berries. But…I can not locate any articles which indicate blackberries will root with these black balls, only woody trees. Before he gets out there and kills all our large blackberry bushes, I would like to know if it is possible or should we use the old method of tip layering? Would it be possible, if the balls can not attach to the branch, can they be used at the ends and instead of putting the tip in a hold, use the black balls?

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Answered on June 6, 2022
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