Propagated through herbaceous stem cuttings

Part 2 of 2 - By Jill Henderson

In the first part of this two-part series we covered propagating herbs through the process of division. In this article, we’ll finish the art of propagation through layering and stem cuttings – all fast and easy ways of increasing your perennial herbs and flowers.

Layering is a method of propagation that involves rooting actively growing stems while they are still attached to the parent plant. This system is ideal for plants that have not reached a mature size appropriate for division. Layering is most successful when applied in the spring or early summer while herbs such as sage, savory, hyssop, rosemary and tarragon are adding fresh new growth.

Select long, flexible stems and bend them gently to the ground, taking care not to break them where they meet the parent plant.Layering & Stem Cutting (8 to 13 cm) into the soil. Use a rock or other device to pin the stem firmly to the ground and cover lightly with mulch. Be sure to leave the leafy portion of the stem protruding 2 to 3 in. (5 to 8 cm) above the soil. If necessary, prop it upright with a small stone or stick until it begins to grow on its own.

During the course of the growing season, the stem will root and eventually it will be able to survive on its own without nourishment from the parent plant.THPOKH Full Cover 5x8 70dpi enough roots by late summer to survive transplanting. However, to ensure a vigorous new start that can survive winter on its own, do not cut the stem that connects the two plants or attempt to transplant the new start until the spring of the following year.

Herbs such as mint, thyme, oregano, and marjoram can also be propagated using layering. These herbs tend to sprawl or creep, and most of them will naturally root where they touch the soil. Simply covering the existing stems with 1 or 2 in. (5 to 8 cm) of soil can speed up this natural process.

While layering and root division are two excellent ways to propagate herbs, rooting stem cuttings has its advantages. Rooting stem cuttings is faster than layering and more productive than divisions. Both woody and herbaceous herbs respond well to this procedure.


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2009-07-01 10:34:10 by AnitaMoPlants

You were correct in eliminating some of the leaf surface and making a shallow wound in the base of the stem.
For soft wood stem cuttings one usually makes a clean cut just below a node in the stem and then a one inch sliced wound .
You may not have lost the plant. Roots may form this autumn.
The leaves may have fallen from drying out or perhaps a fungus formed in the soil
With evergreen leaf cuttings I sometimes will put plastic over the cuttings to keep the humidity up .
Environmental control such as stress, too much water, not enough light or a soil fungus appearance are all plausible reasons for the leaf drop


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