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Air Layering 1.

10 years 2 months ago #16106 by Jerry Meislik
Thanks Taffy. Nicely explained and illustrated.
Jerry

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7 years 5 months ago #37147 by Shane Martin

Taffy wrote:
I did one of those layers slightly different. Instead of using Sphagnum Moss, I used Diatomite as an experiment. It's going to be interesting to see how it goes.

I'll definitely keep you posted on that one.

I've also got a good 4 inch thick Ficus Natalensis that I've already layered about 6 branches off because I want to get down to that main trunk. I've got two or three more air-layers to put on that one before I can get to it though. I might even separate the main trunk into two with a air-layer as well.

Hi Taffy,
Just wondering how the diatomite worked for the air layer?

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7 years 5 months ago #37155 by Adam
Thanks Taffy
I have a layer I'm doing and removed the wrap to have a look, just can't help myself. Anyway just below the top cut it seems to have calcified, I'm wondering if that's how it gets before roots form.
Cheers Adam

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7 years 5 months ago #37171 by Brian Bishop
Good show Taff...Nicely presented.
Here is another method of airlayering that can be considered also...one that I've used.

The cut/bare method is the same as you have described.

I cut open a standard plastic pot down one side and halfway to the centre of the underside of the pot. At that point, cut a hole the same size as the trunk where the pot will fit around. Fit the pot to the trunk and tape it back up. Fill the pot with sieved potting mix and water each time you water your plant, I believe vermiculite is a good medium for this method also.
This method only works if you have done the airlayering on a tree that you can regularly water so that the pot medium dose'nt dry out.
If the layering is on a tree in the bush or some other place away from your nursery obviously your wrapping method is the way to go.

Cheers..........Brian

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7 years 5 months ago #37183 by Adam
I've combined both to see how that goes.
Cheers Adam

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7 years 5 months ago #37187 by Taffy
Hey Brian - check out the topic: 'Air Layering Experiment'. I beat you to it :P :laugh:

Regards,

Taffy

A seed is actually a tree packed ready for travel. (Bill Funk)

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7 years 5 months ago #37199 by aubrey preece
Thanks Taffy for the great info and your great pics much has been learnt

Cheers Aubrey

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7 years 5 months ago #37204 by Brian Bishop
Taffy, I will do just that.
Cheers.....Brian

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7 years 5 months ago #37207 by Shane Martin
Taffy
Was the diatomite successful ?

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7 years 5 months ago #37208 by Taffy
Yes Shane. Every one of the layers I did in all three topics of the Air Layering techniques survived, and not much difference in the results either - except for one. That was the one where I cut a thin slice of bark around the branch and put a piece of wire in the groove. It survived, but there weren't too many roots. Maybe if I'd left it, the roots would have developed more, but it isn't a procedure I'd consider using again - not when all the others were very profuse in sending out roots.

Regards,

Taffy

A seed is actually a tree packed ready for travel. (Bill Funk)
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