Horticultural aide mem­oire Layer shrubs

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Many ma­ture shrubs can be eas­ily prop­a­gated by the an­cient tech­nique of lay­er­ing. The climb­ing hy­drangea, H. peti­o­laris, is a good ex­am­ple. Find a non-flow­er­ing shoot and bend it down to a patch of soil cul­ti­vated for the pur­pose. Make a short length­wise cut through the wood, prop it open with a twig and se­cure it just un­der the soil sur­face with a piece of wire bent dou­ble. The tip of the shoot should ap­pear above ground. By the au­tumn, the layer will have formed roots and can be re­moved from the par­ent plant and planted out.

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