Lay­er­ing herbs

Herbs & Superfoods - - Grow Your Own Herb Garden -

Lay­er­ing is a means of plant prop­a­ga­tion in which a plant stem is pegged down onto the soil while it is still at­tached to the par­ent plant. This en­cour­ages roots to grow at the point where the stem touches the ground. It works best for herbs with flex­i­ble stems, such as rose­mary, laven­der, sage, tar­ragon, thyme and Ro­man chamomile.

Take a stem and re­move any leaves at the point where it is to be pegged down. If the stem is brown and woody, scrape the sur­face with your fin­ger­nail to ex­pose the green tis­sue be­neath it. Then hold the stem down us­ing a wire bent into a U-shape. Bury the stem in con­tact with the soil about 2cm deep. Af­ter sev­eral months, when roots have formed, cut the new plant away from the par­ent plant and pot up or re­po­si­tion.

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