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[From The Practical Book of Outdoor Rose Growing, by George C. Thomas, Jr., p. 16: Many plants and some roses increase by layering, that is, throwing out a branch which becomes rooted and in turn sends out its branches to root themselves... Layering is not practised to any great extent, as it is a long process [of propagation] than the others and requires not only more time to accomplish results, but also more space either in greenhouse or nursery... It is a simple and easy operation, and is accomplished by bending down a rose cane of a growing plant, scientifically notching it with a knife (technically known as tongueing), and the putting the tongued portion into prepared ground, after which it is held in place by various methods. Roots are formed at the break and eventually the part do treated may be detached from the original plant, and becomes itself a complete plant.
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