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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Ivy and Honeysuckle
Climbers, such as ivy and honeysuckle, often root where their stems are in contact with the soil. Either pin stems down yourself in fall or spring, or check your plants for any stems that have rooted naturally. Use a hand fork to lift any stems with roots, and cut them between each rooted section to make new plants, which you can then grow on.
In summer, propagate blackberries and their hybrids by burying the tip of a healthy, young stem in a hole 4 inches deep. In a few weeks a new shoot will appear; transplant it the following spring.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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