The Right Layer

When a plant is difficult to root from a cutting because it is very woody or has a fleshy cane, try layering. By rooting your clone while it is still attached to its mother plant, you can take advantage of mama’s vascular system. The flow of water and nutrients will only be slightly impeded by the layer and will continue to sustain the stem you are cloning so you don’t have to. Air layers use long fibered sphagnum moss to make a damp rooting zone around a slit you have cut in the stem, while ground layers only bury part of the stem to encourage rooting. Both techniques work because the clone is still attached to the mother plant, and it makes your task much easier to do.

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