I am moving in a month, and I cannot get my plants out of the frozen ground to take with me (unless you all have any ideas on how to do that!). Today it occurred to me that I might be able to take some hardwood cuttings and try to root them. I’m mainly concerned with my dwarf cherries and my haskap collection, but I also have some currants and hardy kiwis I wouldn’t mind taking. I’ve read the threads regarding haskap rootings (great detailed info, thanks!), which also included some cherries, so I think I have the basic idea of what I am doing (rooting hormone, slow release fertilizer (cherries only?), sterilized coir, lights). I have a couple questions, is bottom heat necessary for all of those fruits, and if so, what should the ambient temperature be for the top portion of the plants? Is a standard LED grow light sufficient? The other issue is my plants are relatively immature, most are 2-3yr old plants that haven’t fruited, or barely fruited. Will they still take OK? I’ve rooted simple things in water before, but this will be a new adventure for me. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestions @ILParadiseFarm!
Blackcurrants are easily propagated from hardwood cuttings.
For haskaps - better cut all the branches about 2" above the ground and dig the plants up. Keep in cool place and don’t let the roots to dry out. They will recover for only one year at their new place.
If I could dig the haskap up I would, but our ground is so frozen I’m not sure how to dig them out. The cuttings were a last ditch effort at saving some of what I had going. I am going to try my hardest to get the important ones dug out, but I don’t see the ground thawing much in the next 30 days . I did put my newest three haskap in pots last summer (Beauty, Beast and Blizzard) so I know I can get those to move with me - so if all else fails - I’ve got three good ones!
Maybe try very slowly pouring hot water around the crown of the plant . Maybe 5gal or so , this may thaw enough around base of the plant to allow you to at least get the crown out .? Worth a shot ?
Or it may freeze into a harder block of ice ?
Have you tried a pickaxe? I think you can do it.
@Hillbillyhort and @Bede - two ways I hadn’t thought of, I’ll give them a try - thanks!!!