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“Pot-Layering” – Difficult Propagation Made Easy


 

Try this propagation method for those touchy plants.
This Pinanga distichia has always displayed better than average mottling and color, so I wanted to propagate more of this plant. While it always had a fair amount of healthy looking adventitious roots along the stem, a simple stem cutting and attempt to root it never worked for me. It would stay alive for months, only to die off.

 

A particularly attractive and colorful variation of Pinanga disticha

The adventitious roots make this look like a "no brainer." But - not so fast, or easy.

The adventitious roots make this look like a “no brainer.” But – not so fast, or easy.

Air layered Pinanga disticha

Using duct tape to reinforce the pot.

So, almost 5 months ago I used this variation on air layering. I split a pot along one side and carefully bent and placed an outside cane into the side of the pot, with the remainder of the cane and top of the plant out the center. Then I used duct tape to reinforce the cut pot, filled it with nice well draining rooting mix, marked the date, and summoned all my patience not to cut it from the main plant too soon. I vowed to wait until I saw evidence of root growth out the bottom.

Well, it took longer than expected. It has been almost 5 months, and I see what look like healthy roots out the bottom. I placed three “pot-layers” around this plant, and decided to liberate two of them by cutting and separating them from the main plant and planting them in their own location.

So, I have one back-up, just in case. But I just can’t see how these will not grow now. But I couldn’t believe the others died after looking like slam dunk cuttings either. Time will tell – it always does.

 

Two new rare Pinangas ready for the ground.

Two new rare Pinangas ready for the ground.

Mother Plant before - Notice the pots at base of plant.

Mother Plant before – With “Pot-Layers” still attached.

The mother plant after separation. No worse for the wear.

The mother plant after separation. No worse for the wear.

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