The favoured route to an established reed bed is by the use of established, hardy plants.

  • Enables seed of a known origin to be used. Use of a certain genotype is important in some projects.
  • By planting established plants, quicker establishing, growing away is achieved.
  • These established plants are better equipped to compete with weeds in the system.
  • Well established and overwintered plants grow away quicker in Spring.

Layering: A technique rarely used today

Use of rhizomes:

The planting of rhizomes can be done, but usually with varied success. Possible objections to this technique would be:

  • Reliance upon the use of well established reed bed to supply the rhizomes.
  • The existing bed has to be dug up to provide the rhizomes for planting.
  • Recovery of the bed following the above can be patchy.
  • The establishment rate of the planted out rhizomes is at best patchy.

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