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Finally managed to propagate Laurel

I have tried over a number of seasons to propagate Laurel and all failed, everything just withered and died but eventually found the best way for my garden. I simply obtained any size pot (didn't even put stones in the bottom) Stripped a viable branch with new growth (green and bendy) but left a couple of leaves at the top Bent the branch inside the pot and tied it around the edge of the pot Stuffed the pot with compost Forgot about it until the next season Out of all the pots I tried (some hanging in mid air) 90% started their own roots. The parent plant can supply all the nutrients and then just sever the old branch going into the pot and repot the new Laurel into a larger pot. Anybody else done this with other plants or even Laurel?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    Not tried it in pots. Pinning stems to the ground and covering with soil  (layering) is very successful. Laurels will do that for themselves if branches rest on the ground.

    Always more reliable that cuttings for me because they need no attention.

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,537

    Never managed to propagate one before. Thanks for tip.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Laurels seem to spring up quite easily from seeds judging by what I have seen in woods.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,955

    Layering is good, if you just score, with a blade  a little bit of the bark, then pin down it will root, failing that, just poke them in a pot, I do them anytime, doesn't seem to make much difference.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • What is Air layering and can this also be done
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,955

    This is air layering, if you just scrape of a bit of the bark it will root quicker

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    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    Oh cool!image

  • Lyn said:

    This is air layering, if you just scrape of a bit of the bark it will root quicker

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    THank you!
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