Layering is a fantastic way to make more free plants with very little risk. Propagating a plant through layering usually involves pinning down a branch to make contact with the soil so that the branch can begin forming roots. I've used layering to propagate more difficult to root plants like oak leaf hydrangeas. Below you will find a short video I put together on layering a deciduous magnolia ('Jane'). It took a few months for the magnolia roots to form but as you can see in the video the layering technique was very successful.
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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Propagating a Deciduous Magnolia Through Layering
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.