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Plant Propagation - Plant Layering

Plant Layering is a simple and easy method of propagating plants, to produce new plants that are genetically identical to the mother plant.

Plant layering is not effective on all plants. This propagation technique works well on many soft wooded shrubs and bushes, and some perennials. 

For best results, use Plant Layering in the spring or early summer.

How to Propagate Plants with Plant Layering:

Here's how to use Plant Layering:

  1. Select a healthy, vigorous and young plant shoot or branch.

  2. Bend the branch to the ground.

  3. Cover the branch with soil, where it meets the ground.

  4. Use a stake to keep it in contact with the ground. Or, place a rock or brick on it to hold it down.

  5. Keep the soil moist.

  6. In about 2-3 weeks, it should have developed a root system.

  7. Cut the branch just before the new root system.

  8. It is now ready to be planted.

Good Plant Examples for Layering:

Did You Know? Pumpkin plants and other members of the Curcubita family send out secondary roots. Cover the area where the secondary roots meet the soil, and keep it watered. After a week or two, you can snip the vine just before the secondary roots. The new plant will use the secondary roots as its main roots.

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