How do you layer a rhododendron?
Layering a rhododendron is simpler than taking cuttings. With a little practice, you’re sure to master this propagation method.
How to layer a rhododendron
- Step 1: In spring, select a young shoot growing close to the ground.
- Step 2: Loosen the soil beneath the shoot, mixing in peat and rhododendron compost.
- Step 3: Directly beneath a bud, make a diagonal incision into the shoot.
- Step 4: Dig a trench in the loosened earth and fill it with a little sand. Press the shoot down into the sand.
- Step 5: Peg the shoot down with a piece of bent wire. Place a stick beside it and carefully attach the shoot to the stick.
- Step 6: Water regularly, especially early on.
- Step 7: Wait for around eighteen months before cutting off the shoot from the mother plant. Dig up your newly-rooted rhododendron; it is now ready to grow independently.