The Q&A Archives: Starting Cuttings From A Shiro Bana Akebia

Question: How to start new cutting from my Shiro Bana Akebia?

Answer: You can propagate your Akebia through root division or layering or tip cuttings. Of the three methods, layering is the simplest (and usually the most successful if you do not have a lot of propagation experience). As a matter of fact, your plant may have self-layered already. Look around the base of the plant for new shoots. If you gently dig down you may see it can be cut from the main plant. It will have a stem and root attached. After you cut the attachment, dig it up and plant it where you wish! Or, you can layer it by bending a long stem, gently placing it under the surface of the soil (while still attached to the mother plant). I always put a large rock on top of this location to hold the stem there, and also to identify where I am working on a root layering. Leave it like this for a growing season and then, being sure a root has formed, cut it from the mother plant, dig the root up gently and plant it where you would like!

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