Air Layering

Also known as marcottage or Chinese layering, this technique may be used to propagate houseplants, shrubs or trees.

  • A diagonal slit is made in an aerial stem to form a tongue, which is then packed with moist sphagnum moss and covered with a moisture barrier such as polyethylene film.
  • Roots will begin to develop around the slit in the stem; this could take anywhere from a few weeks to two years.
  • When rooting is established, the stem is severed just below the new root ball and the new plant potted up or planted in open soil.