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Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

Hi. I'm trying to propagate this plant by ground layering and am hoping that I am correct with my assumption that this is a smoke Tree?  Could someone please confirm? 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yes, it is indeed a Cotinus.  Mine roots where the branches touch the ground so you are doing the right thing.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Thank you very much. Any advise on when I should first check for rooting.. After a couple weeks or shall I leave it for longer? 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    It will take longer than that Torg, probably a couple of months.  You can help it by making a small cut on the underside of the bark where it is touching the ground and burying that section slightly.  Put a large stone or similar over the buried part to make sure the wind doesn't cause the branch to lift which would damage any developing roots.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Ok ta,  will leave it a while then. Its my first attempt at layering and I have indeed made a cut in the branch and pinned it under some fresh compost. I've attached the vertical part to a wooden stick too as support. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Perfect! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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