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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