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Wanted - a whole bunch of scion wood (UK)

Michael Cox
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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?
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