How to marcott


Marcotting, also known as air layering, is a technique used to propagate plants by inducing roots to form on a branch while it is still attached to the parent plant. This method is particularly useful for plants that are difficult to root from cuttings. Here's how to marcot a plant:

Materials You'll Need:

Healthy parent plant

Sharp knife or pruning shears

Sphagnum moss or potting mix

Plastic wrap or plastic bag

Twine or string

Rooting hormone (optional)



Choose a Branch:

Select a healthy, mature branch that you want to propagate. The branch should be flexible enough to bend without breaking.


Choose a spot on the branch where you want roots to form. This is usually a few inches below the tip of the branch.

Make an upward slanting cut through the bark and into the wood. The cut should be about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the branch.

You can apply rooting hormone to the cut to encourage root formation, although this step is optional.

Create a Marcotting Ball:

Take a handful of damp sphagnum moss or potting mix and wrap it around the cut portion of the branch. This forms a ball of moss around the cut area.

Wrap the moss ball with plastic wrap or a plastic bag to hold it in place. Make sure it's sealed tightly to retain moisture.

Secure the Marcot:

Tie the plastic-covered moss ball securely in place using twine or string. This helps to keep the moss ball in position and ensures good contact with the branch.

Encourage Rooting:

Over the next several weeks, the branch will start to develop roots within the moss ball.

Check the moss ball periodically to ensure that it remains moist. If it dries out, the rooting process may fail.

Root Development:

After a few weeks to a couple of months, you should notice roots starting to emerge from the moss ball.

Once the roots are well-developed and healthy, you can proceed to the next step.

Cut and Transplant:

Once the marcot has a sufficient number of roots, carefully cut the branch just below the moss ball. Make sure to cut cleanly through the branch.

Plant the New Plant:

Plant the rooted marcot in a suitable pot filled with potting mix.

Water the newly planted marcot and place it in a location with appropriate light conditions for the specific plant.

Nurture and Growth:

Keep the new plant well-watered and provide it with the appropriate care for its species.

Over time, the new plant should grow and establish itself as an independent plant.

Marcotting is a rewarding way to propagate plants that might be challenging to root through other methods. Keep in mind that the success of marcotting depends on the plant species, environmental conditions, and your care. It may take some practice to perfect the technique for different types of plants.

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