Trench layering is similar to mound layering except that the plants are initially placed horizontally in the stool bed.
Trench layering is the choice for those plants that have strong apical dominance and do not form many shoots after an initial cutback.
A trench layer is initiated by placing new plants at an angle in the stool bed.
Once new plants are established they are laid over and held in place with a wire or peg.
The horizontal orientation of the stem causes a loss in apical dominance and new shoots arise from the lateral buds along the stem.
Shoots are gradually covered with sawdust and the layers root in a similar operation to mound layering.