Tip Layering

Tip layering takes advantage of some plants' capacity to strike roots wherever a stem tip touches the ground, and is particularly useful for propagating new soft-fruit bushes such as raspberries and blackberries.


  1. The technique is relatively simple; in summer, a young, vigorous shoot tip is buried in a 10 cm (4 in) hole, pegged into place and left until late autumn.
  2. The tip grows downward first, then bends sharply and grows upward, with roots forming at the bend.
  3. The stem can then be cut close to the new rooted plant to separate it from the parent plant.
  4. It may be dug up at this point and potted on, or it may be left to establish in situ until the following spring before being transplanted.