Sunday, June 30, 2013

#17 - Propagation - Blackberry Plants

Propagation -  Blackberry Plants

The photo above shows three cuttings taken from three different Blackberry plants. One (far right) was from a Apache Blackberry plant, and the other two (on the left) were taken from Arapaho Blackberry plants. All plants were planted in 15 gallon soft pots. The Cuttings were taken from the new cane shoots.

This one is the Apache...

Cutting taken from this plant, from the new shoot this year. I thought that I might as well take a cutting so that the plant will bush-out as recommended. I took a cutting that was about 12 inches long, stripped off most of the leaves, and stuck it in the pot about almost half-way.

One of the Arapaho...

The other Arapaho...

This is one of two of the Arapaho plants I took cuttings from. Again, the idea of cutting the top most part of the new cane so the plants will bush-out.

 I had success last year doing this, but some of the plants were damaged by squirrels hiding their pecans in the pots. For some reason, they like to bite the plants in half will digging. Sometimes new shoots will sprout up from the ground. It will happen if your plant had time to root. I will keep the soil moist and mist the plants also, and hopefully in time they will root and become another plant.

On a side note...I am spinning the new release from Steve Vai. His new album is called, The Story of Light. I have to confess that I'm a guitar nerd. I love a lot of the so-called guitar heroes. Check it out...

Steve never ceases to amaze me. He writes very unusual music, sometimes I think he is from another planet. Check out this video taken the Eric Clapton's - Crossroads Guitar Festival, which I had the pleasure of attending in 2004. I was there!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

#16 - Apache Blackberry Plant

Apache Blackberry Plant

We're eating from our Apache Blackberry - Rubus spp, this summer of 2013, the fruit is tart when just turning black, but very sweet when ripe. I bought eleven plants in the spring of 2012. Ten went to the "Farm" in Kemp, and I kept one here at home. The pics are of the plant at home. The plants at the "Farm" took some damage from grasshoppers, so they're not doing as well, but they are alive. The grasshoppers are not eating them yet, but I am sure they will before the year is over.

This is the first year the plant has produced fruit. The fruit is not as big as I've seen it get from other plants. Hopefully it will increase every year from now on.

It's really cool to me that we're eating from our very own plant! Don't you just hate people that discover things other people have been doing for years. But it really is great!

Audible...I'm currently listening to "NOS4A2", an audiobook written by Joe Hill, who I've come to find out, is the son of Stephen King. I've read Joe's other book, "Heart-Shaped Box", which was very good. I recommend them both if you're into horror.