Serpentine Layering

This is basically a modification of simple layering, and is used for plants with long, flexible stems, such as honeysuckle, clematis, wisteria and vines.


  1. A trailing shoot is bent down to the ground and a number of cuts made close to nodes, leaving at least one bud between each wound.
  2. After an application of hormone rooting powder, each cut is pegged to the ground looping the stem up between each pegging. In this way, the buds are left exposed to produce aerial shoots.
  3. Within a few months to a year, several new plants will be formed, which may be cut from the old stem and replanted.