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Mar 1, 2017 1:03 PM CST
My grandmother, who passed away almost ten years ago, kept a blackberry trellis in her backyard. I have fond memories of picking blackberries there with her in the early summer. Her house is being sold now after being rented out for many years, and when I went over to help go through everything and say goodbye to the old place I noticed a few still-living plants around her shed, including a single blackberry shoot. I rescued a (so far unidentified and overgrown) potted plant first and went back today to try to dig up and transplant the blackberry shoot with my father. It was growing up near the base of a bush and while my dad was trying to maneuver through the bigger roots I think he snapped the shoot off from its root system. Nevertheless we brought the shoot back in the hopes that something can still be done with it. I have some small experience with propagating cuttings, but only with ample time and preparation. I've never tried to grow blackberries before either, but research suggests it is one of the easier plants to propagate. I believe it's the erect or semi-erect variety, as it stands fairly well on it's own at about 4-4 1/2 feet tall. It has a bunch of budding leaves since the spring weather has started early here in our area, and there are a few roots still attached at the bottom, along with two white shoots at the base (I will try to include pictures...).

My question is thus: "Given our sentimental attachment to this blackberry remnant, and given that I have only the one chance to keep it alive--should I attempt to plant the shoot as it is in similar conditions to where it was found and hope for the best, or should I take a cutting of the branch or root and try to work with that?" Basically, as more experienced gardeners, how would you suggest I care for this plant (if it can be salvaged at all at this point)?

Bonus Question: Can you guess as to what variety of plant this is (pictured last)? I don't believe it flowers, but the rogue few in my own front yard come up every year. It is a pale green, if that helps, but it has no other distinguishing characteristics.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Mar 1, 2017 1:44 PM CST
Last pic is iris.
Oughta bloom.

Re blackberry...
They're very aggressive...
was me... I'd lay it in a trench with just a few shoots (at the top) showing above ground.... You know, the way they say to plant tomatoes.
The stem will root, and you'll have an entire colony this year!
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Mar 1, 2017 2:47 PM CST
I agree Laying the branch in a shallow trench with the root end underground and the tip above ground should get you a good number of plants.
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Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Mar 1, 2017 3:51 PM CST
Hey Honey!! Angel
Adding to this very good advice; use good compost to cover it and keep it moist. It makes a great starter soil for outside transplants.IMO anyway.
Good luck!

Mar 2, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Thank you all! I've got it planted trench-style in partial-compost potting soil now with a dash of root growth hormone to speed it along, hopefully it'll revive soon! And I do believe the mystery pot is iris, it's been a while but I do recall some whitish-yellow blooms cropping up from our rogue stalks in the past.

Thank you once again for this kind welcome~

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Mar 2, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Lots of iris info and enthusiastics on this site.
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