Propagation by Layering
In-ground layering is one of the simplest and most successful methods of plant propagation home gardeners can use. Layerings can be described as cuttings being rooted while still attached to and receiving nourishment from the parent plant.
There are three commonly used methods:
Single branches may be partially buried
The tips of branches may be buried
The entire lower portion of a plant having multiple stems may be mounded over with soil.
We will be discussing the first method. A good time to begin this process is early summer, mid to late June, when the new spring growth has hardened. Select strong, young branches: growing close to the ground or those which can easily be bent to the ground. Bend the branch so that new or yearold growth near the tip of the branch touches the ground. Mark the spot and work some extra peat moss or sand into the area. Scoop out a hole about 4" deep to receive the branch. Long, flexible branches may have two areas buried, as in the illustration below.
Cut After Rooting
Growing & Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants
by Richard E. Bir
UNC Press, Chapel Hill, 1992
We know herbaceous plants with their striking blooms, fruits or foliage add drama to the home landscape. Color and texture are not limited to the low growing plants or common shrubs which normally come to mind, however. The recent wave of interest in using native plants has given us many new resources for methods of propagation. Even so, the focus has been on plants for commercial use. Little has been written on the propagation of woodys for use in the home landscape. In this book, Dr. Bir showcases the most visually spectacular woody plants of the eastern United States. He discusses more than 90 species, most of which include a color photo. At least several of these would be suitable to every need the typical homeowner would encounter. Many could be used to add that missing element to the lawn or garden. Written in conversational style. the book explains the uses and value of the plants as well as scientific aspects. Language and terminology are nontechnical, so it is easily usable by both the novice and the veteran.
Propagation by various methods, such as seeds, clippings and root cuttings as well as cultivation, is covered. Also included are the expected elements such as a hardiness map. Appendices include listings for plants suitable for special areas such as alkaline or moist areas, as well as sources or hormones and other supplies. Dr. Bir is a professional horticulturist with more than 30 years experience. He is extension horticulturist with the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research Center of North Carolina State University. For years he was director and program chairman for the Conference on Landscaping with Native Plants held annually at Cullowhee, NC.