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Propagating blackberries by tip-rooting is an easy and effective method for expanding your blackberry patch. Here's a guide on how to do it.


  • Healthy blackberry plant
  • Garden soil or potting mix
  • Clean sharp pruning shears or scissors
  • A small container or pot


  1. Identify a healthy blackberry cane that has new, green growth at the tip.
  2. Using sharp pruning shears or scissors, cut the tip of the cane just below the node where the new growth is emerging. Make sure to cut at a 45-degree angle to increase the surface area for rooting.
  3. Remove the leaves and thorns from the bottom 2 inches of the cutting.
  4. Fill a small container or pot with garden soil or potting mix.
  5. Make a small hole in the soil with a pencil or finger and gently insert the cutting, making sure it is about 2 inches deep.
  6. Water the soil around the cutting to settle it in place and promote rooting.
  7. Place the container or pot in a bright, indirect light location.
  8. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. You can cover the cutting with a plastic bag or dome to create a mini greenhouse environment and retain moisture.
  9. Check the cutting after a few weeks for signs of new growth and root development. Gently tug on the cutting to see if it has taken root. If there is resistance, it has rooted successfully.
  10. Once the cutting has established roots, it can be transplanted to its permanent location in the garden.


  • Timing is important. Propagate blackberries by tip-rooting in the spring when new growth is emerging.
  • Choose healthy, disease-free canes for propagation.
  • Make sure to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged to prevent rotting.
  • If you are propagating multiple blackberry cuttings, label each one to keep track of the variety.

Propagating blackberries by tip-rooting is an easy and cost-effective way to expand your blackberry patch. With the right materials and techniques, you can successfully grow new blackberry plants from cuttings and enjoy a bountiful harvest.