How to Propagate Blackberries

Build a healthy and bountiful blackberry garden with this simple two-step process for propagating the plant. 

Loch Ness is Thorn Free Gourmet Blackberry

Loch Ness is Thorn Free Gourmet Blackberry

Loch Ness is a thornless blackberry perfect for the home garden. It does not produce thorny canes from root system and is extremely productive. A sweet tasting berry with real gourmet quality.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • watering can or garden hose
  • garden pots (optional)

Step 1: Bend Blackberry Stem

Bend Blackberry Stem Into Soil to Root New Plant

Bend Blackberry Stem Into Soil to Root New Plant

Blackberries can be propagated through their leafy stems. Bend about 4 to 6 inches of the cane stems in a couple inches deep. Within 3 to 4 weeks, roots should begin to develop.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Blackberries and hybrids can be easily propagated in late summer by bending a new stem to the ground and burying the tip to a depth of 4 inches (10 cm). Firm it down, water well, and leave it attached to the main plant.

Step 2: Transplant

Transplant Rooted Blackberry Stem

Transplant Rooted Blackberry Stem

Young blackberry shoots are simply bent over to the ground and then covered with a few inches of soil and left throughout fall and winter. By spring there should be enough root formation to cut the plants away from the parent and replant elsewhere.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

The stem will have rooted by the following spring, when it can be lifted from the ground and either potted or transplanted. Keep the young plant well watered until it establishes fully, and don’t allow it to fruit for the first two years.