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Wanted - a whole bunch of scion wood (UK)

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Location: Kent, UK - Zone 8
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Hi folks,

I've been trying to figure this out and not got very far. I'd like to establish a mixed fruiting hedge of around 100m with mostly berries (redcurrants, gooseberries, blackcurrants etc...) along a fenceline boundary to a neighbouring crop field. To buy the plants from a grower is stupidly expensive (I'd probably end up paying £1000 for potted plants!). Ideally I'd like to get a whole bunch of scion wood over the winter and simply strike hardwood cuttings in situ. I'd probably want around 200 stems total.

Trouble is I can't seem to find anyone who deals in wood in this way.

I struck a few cuttings this spring and had an 80% success rate outdoors, just in pots with some potting mix and sand. Unfortunately I just don't have enough mature plants to provide scion wood myself, or a sufficient mix of varities to provide staggered fruiting through the summer.

My options, as I see them are:

  • Take a walk through a commercial plantation with a pair of secateurs and a plastic bag
  • Gradually expand my stock of plants over the next 5 years or so and establish the hedge in stages
  • buy rooted cuttings from a grower (expensive)
  • find a supplier of scion wood (probably still fairly expensive, but a lot cheaper than rooted cuttings)
  • Wander the neighbourhood over the next month or so scoping out gardens with bushes - come back and ask them in the autumn for their prunings.

  • I guess one major advantage of buying plants is that I will know exactly what cultivars I'm getting, so can both plan fruit succession through the summer and possibly propagate more to sell/give away.

    Any thoughts on the above?
    And now I present magical permaculture hypno cards. The idea is to give them to people that think all your permaculture babble is crazy talk. And be amazed as they apologize for the past derision, and beg you for your permaculture wisdom. If only there were some sort of consumer based event coming where you could have an excuse to slip them a deck ...
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