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.