Simple Layering Plant Shoots

This easy method can produce new plants within a few months.

Taking Root

Taking Root

When layered plants are well rooted and the tip has started to grow new leaves, you can transplant it into a pot or its new position. Sever from the parent plant close to the new roots.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Select a Healthy Shoot

Select a Healthy Shoot

Select a Healthy Shoot

Layering plants is easy. Start by selecting a vigorous, healthy shoot that can be bent to touch the ground. Trim off sideshoots and make a shallow, slanting cut on the underside of the shoot about 12 inches from the tip.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Select a vigorous, healthy shoot that can be bent to touch the ground with little effort. Trim off any sideshoots and make a shallow, slanting cut on the underside of the shoot about 12 in (30 cm) from the tip. Applying a hormone rooting compound on the cut should increase the chances of success.

Step 2: Bend the Stems

Bend the Stems

Bend the Stems

For layering plants, bend the stem to the soil. Weight or peg it down in order to keep the wound in contact with the soil.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Carefully bend the stem to the soil. Weight or peg it down in order to keep the wound in contact with the soil, and tie its tip to an upright cane. If the soil is poor, bury the wounded area in a shallow hole filled with moist potting mix. Firm in gently with your fingers and water well.

Step 3: Transplant Shoot

Tie Shoot to Cane Encouraging Upward Growth

Tie Shoot to Cane Encouraging Upward Growth

Peg the layer in place with a loop of wire, then tie the tip of the shoot to a cane in the ground to encourage it to grow upward.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

When the layered shoot is well rooted and the tip has started to grow new leaves, you can transplant it into a pot or its new position. Sever it from the parent plant close to the new roots.

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