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propagating perennials: Layering.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Now that I have gleaned over propagating perennials by division, and there are many more different varieties of plants then I covered, actually that’s how I propagated the biennial, Columbine, because it is self seeding, the next step is propagation by layering and this occurs when plants spread branches out parallel to the earth and send out roots into a fertile patch of loose soil. You prune the branch that sent out roots back towards the base of the plant. You bunch together a handful of these cuttings, pruning back the top growth to curtail it from initially sending out new growth until the roots take hold. This is the natural growth habit of Euonymous, in this case “Emerald Gaiety,” an evergreen woody plant,as shown in the picture. What some people do, because this can be the easiest way to make rooted cuttings if there is ample moisture and good loose soil surrounding a plant is to layer or bend a branch parallel to the soil of a particular plant variety, then pin it to the ground with heavy gauge wire bent in two to hold the branch down close to the soil and in the fall after the branch is rooted they prune the newly rooted branch and pot it up. Again bone meal and a watering procedure are a necessity and are good horticultural practice.

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