Plant Propagation by Ground Layering
Ground layering is an easy method of plant propagation. It happens all the time in nature when a branch touches the ground and grabs on, starting its own root system. Strawberries ground layer themselves. So does most ground cover. Bonsai growers often use this technique.
Take our Red Twig Dogwood, for instance. Years of neglect has supported a ton of new, untamed growth.
Below, a branch has reached the ground and layered itself into a large new shrub.
We’ll get a lot this year. 3 on the side and 5 small ones in the front.
When I dug one up, it had a strong healthy root system which filled a large container (9×12, approx. 3 gallon)
Ground Layering is performed as a propagation technique in many commercial nurseries, and you can do it yourself in your own back yard.
The idea is to root the branch before cutting it off from the momma.
Bend a healthy, low growing branch to the ground so new roots can form where its touching the soil.
Shear off some of the bark on the underside to help the plant root more quickly. Rooting hormone may also help.
Cover it with about 3″ of compost, sphagnum moss or well draining soil. You can either pin it down, or use a brick as this image suggests, so the branch stays put. Keep it watered until new roots form.
When you have a good healthy root system in place, cut it from the connected branch, dig it up and replant it.
other posts you might like
- How to Make Good Garden Soil
- Build a Compost Pile
- Compost Bin Designs
- Types of Bonsai Trees
- When To Start Vegetable Seeds
Dreaming of a
Beautiful Garden?Not Sure how to Put it all Together???