2015 Air Layers update

Scratch Bonsai

Well, mixed results for my first time air layering although I’m reasonably happy given that I tried this technique late in the season.

First up, a success of sorts.  I airlayered the top of this European Hornbeam back in the summer and discovered one prominent root, hopefully there are other new roots growing unseen in the moss.


To protect any new root growth I cut a plastic pot and wrapped it around the trunk, filling it with free draining soil.  The pot is resting on a couple of well positioned branches so it is well supported.  I’ll wrap it in bubble wrap to protect from frost.


Next up, a Trident Maple air layer that didn’t take at all:


It was interesting to see the knuckle of callous that had developed at the planned based of the layer.  I had left a good five centimetres to try to prevent any ‘bridging’ of the…

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