Layering



Layering is one method of gaining a well-rooted Plant from an existing mature Plant.
A bonus is that it will probably be exactly like the Parent Plant.


Next to digging out rooted Suckers, this is probably the easiest method of Propagating new Plants. It will work on many varieties and is nearly foolproof. You can harvest a $20  Plant for free in as little as 2 years. Several new Plants can be gained simultaneously from one healthy, mature Parent Plant.

The left photo shows a  Brick laid on a flexible branch growing near the bottom of the Parent Plant (after any sod and stones were removed). Optionally, a cut can be made 1/3 through the underside of the bark and held open with a toothpick or twig. A sturdy wire bent in the shape of a "U" may help hold it in place; the wire is pushed into the soil like a staple.

Note the small Parent stem atop the overturned leaf in the right photo, compared to the much larger stem of the new Plant which was provided with additional nourishment by the new Root system which developed under the brick and expanded into the surrounding soil. These new Roots tend to grow out from under the Parent Plant where there is more moisture.
 
 

 
This large Root Mat grew near the surface making it easy to remove. Handle it carefully to avoid losing the clinging soil which is in contact with the Rootlets. As with most Transplants, plant them at the depth that they were previously.

After planting and Mulching, lightly trim the branch tips to compensate for the rootlets and Parent connection that were lost, and to encourage new branches to form. Keep the new Plant well watered until new growth begins to form.



If a Node (bump on the stem) is nearby, it is best to cut there where growth Hormones tend to be most abundant, increasing your chance of success. 

Feeding the developing new plant Plant Food or Manure Tea should hasten its growth , allowing you to relocate it earlier.
 
 


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