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Air Layer crab apple

Posted by impius1 North Carolina (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 3, 12 at 20:19

Hi all...I began an air layer attempt on a crab apple ~8 weeks ago...I checked it today and see a few strange white nodules, are these beginning of roots or something else? please see picture:

Thanks!


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RE: Air Layer crab apple

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 8, 12 at 14:27

What are we seeing? Describe your technique?

Al


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RE: Air Layer crab apple

He's air layering, putting a band of soil (or in this case it looks like sphagnum moss) around an upper section of the plant to encourage root growth while it is still attached to the plant.

And yes, the white nodes are what I would expect to see, they should be the starts of new roots.


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RE: Air Layer crab apple

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 29, 12 at 13:39

I understand what layering is - I use it all the time to build top notch nebari on young potensai. I asked the OP to describe his technique - I'm not convinced what we're seeing are root primordia.

A layered tree:
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another
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a hornbeam prepared for layering
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Al


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