Marcotting Trees and Shrubs

October 23, 2018

Fr Raeymaekers Marcoteren 01 (1)

Photographer: Frank Raeymaekers 
Summary Author: Frank Raeymaekers 

Marcotting is an easy way (asexual or vegetative method) to obtain a plant with the same characteristics as its mother plant. Early summer is the best time to begin the procedure. Cut a ring-shaped piece out of the bark of a tree or shrub branch, wrap the cutout with moist moss, then wrap the moss in plastic (shown here in 2 empty yogurt jars), and finally, cover it with aluminum foil to keep it dark. Now you have to be patient and wait 6 to 8 weeks. If all goes well, the new plant will have formed roots on the cutout of the bark. Cut off the branch, loosen the roots and plant the branch in a pot. Photos taken on September 6, 2018.

Photo Details: Panasonic G9 camera; 20 mm Lumix lens.