Simple layering

This method works well with shrubs or trees with flexible stems. Using a sharp knife, cut a tongue into the wood tissue about halfway through, then peg the cut side so that it is in contact with
the soil. A small mound of compost placed at the contact point will encourage rooting.
Serpentine layering
This is used for climbers such as clematis or wisteria. Several cuts are made along the shoot and pegged down, so that a number of new planllets form.
Tip layering
Ibis method of layering is used for the genus Rubus (wild brambles), including blackberries, which will form new plants where
The most basic form of layering is “simple layering”, where a soft, flexible shoot is bent down to touch the soil. If rooting is successful
this shoot can then be separated from the parent plant so that it can grow on independently.

1 Select a suitable shoot and gentle bend it down to soil level to see where the hole should be dug.

2 Remove any leaves at about 12 in. from the tip. Cut a ll/2-in. “tongue” half into the stem.

3 Dig a shallow hole, so that the side nearest the parent plant slopes at 45 degrees and the other is vertical.

4 Lay the wounded section into the bottom of the hole. Peg into place with a wire hoop. Cover with soil.

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One Response to Simple layering

  1. HI James, That sounds like a very interesting way to propegate new plants. I’m fairly new at rooting plants that don’t devide on their own. I have used something called rooting powder on hard to start bulbs and houseplants, It is supposed to aide in the rooting process. Would it help with the layering process too? Vicki (birdlady)

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