Write short notes on Layering -Layering in plants

Here is the complete short notes on Layering for class 12 students of chapter 1 reproduction

what is layering

simply, Layering has evolved as a common means of vegetative propagation of numerous species in natural environments.

Here, roots are artificially induced to grow on the branches before they are detached from the parent plant. 

Layering in plants involves bending a young stem towards the ground and burying it under the soil for the development of roots. After a period of time, as the roots develop, the bent stem is cut off from the parent plant. This acts as a new plant. e.g. Jasmine.

Types of  Layering

There are three types of layering such as : 

(i) Serpentine layering  

Branches at the lower portions of the stem are put in the soil at many places to form new plants from them. 

(ii) Mound layering 

Soft lower branches are selected and a ring of the epidermal layer is removed. This part is then pegged in the soil with the apical portion remaining outside. 

After an interval of time, adventitions roots develop. Then the ringed portion is cut off to allow new plant grow independently. 

(iii) Air layering 

Here, a ring of bark is removed from the aerial branches. It is then covered by grafting clay (water, clay, cow dung) with a little amount of root-inducing promoter. 

The entire portion is wrapped with polythene bandage. At a particular time interval, roots are developed and when separated it can grow into a new plant. 

Example – Pomegranate, orange, lemon etc. 

Significance of  Layering

  1. This is a quick method of reproduction where the survival rate of the progenies is very high. Endangered or threatened plant species can be saved by such propagations.
  2.  Plants reproducing vegetatively take a short time to mature. Potato, for example, takes three months to mature. Plants with desirable qualities may be developed by this method. 
  3. The vegetative method of reproduction among angiosperms has a lot of agricultural and horticultural applications.

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