Propagating Plants: Layering Shrubs and Climbers
The stems of climbers and shrubs sometimes root when they touch the soil, and you can harness this tendency to make new plants.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Plants to Layer
Make a Slanting Cut
In spring, from the base of the plant select a flexible stem that bends to the ground. Remove side stems and make a shallow slanting cut on the underside, 12 inches from the tip. Dip the cut in rooting hormone compound.
Peg Down Stem Into Soil
Use wire staples or a large stone to firmly anchor the wounded section of stem just below the soil surface. To aid rooting in poorer soils, pin the stem into a shallow depression filled with moist potting soil.
Other Layering Techniques
Basic layering works for a wide range of shrubs, and by varying the technique, you can also use it to propagate woody climbers and fruit bushes.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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