hand pinning stem down to ground
Photo: Ken Druse
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Ground Layering

This method is suited to large, woody plants, such as climbing roses, clematis, hydrangea, and other flowering shrubs and vines.

Step 1
In late spring or early summer, take a 2- to 3-foot stem that is not too old and hard, and clip off any flower buds. Dig a shallow trench. Place the stem a couple of inches down and scatter soil over it. The stem will remain attached to the mother plant for the duration of the process. Use a rock or a landscape-cloth pin to hold it down; press firmly to purposely injure or crack the stem to encourage rooting.
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