Making More Plants

I hope by now you know how much I love free plants.

As I was cleaning up the garden, I came across these unruly rose canes from my Zephirine Drouhin.

propagating plants

And, around my house, if you get unruly you get assigned something to do.

So, the assignment for these guys is to make more rose bushes.

The technique of layering is one of the easiest ways to propagate plants.  Roses in particular are easy to propagate this way.  I’ve also used this technique for hydrangea and spicebush (Lindera benzoin).

First, loosen the soil where the stem will be buried.

propagating plants

Make a “wound” on the stem by scraping through the outer layer.  I use my fingernail but you can use a knife if you just had your nails done.

propagating plants

Bury the stem and cover in the loosened soil.

If you have a really good memory, then you are done.

For me, I have to mark these places so I don’t cut, pull or disturb these spots.  Also, if you have dogs, cats, or armadillos that might pull your stems out of the ground, it’s good to place something heavy on top like a rock or brick.

rock, propagating plants

or a rock that looks like a brick

In the spring, I will check to see if they made roots and if they did I will cut, dig, and transplant (or give away) to another part of the garden.  Money saved.

propagating plants

I should tell you that fall is not the best time to do this.  Mid-spring would probably be the best time and yield better results.

Never fear.  Garden Woman is here.  And I’m telling you this has been done successfully– in the fall–in my zone 7 garden.

I think I just figured out what I’m going to be for Halloween.  Should Garden Woman be a super hero?  A Wonder Woman type with a Wheelbarrow?   The wheelbarrow could double as my candy pail?  I think I’m on to something….

Anyway, try layering some of your shrubs this fall.  It won’t hurt to try and you can enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are having.

fall colors


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to Making More Plants

  1. bhoyt10 says:

    Love the Garden Women idea! Aren’t the trees beautiful this year!


  2. Garden Woman – You will need some overalls in your costume. Maybe a garden glove sticking out of a top pocket…


  3. Fabulous foliage this year! I love the mountains in fall…


  4. bittster says:

    Those colors are great! What a view for this time of year.


  5. A great way to start more plants which is my new passion.


  6. Very useful information, I will certainly try this out in the spring.


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