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Author:  sputnik [ 25 Aug 2020, 14:50 ]
Post subject:  Took 3 years but rooted eventually

In 2015 I bought a cheap Scots Pine to play with having previously had no experience with pines. My early learning was catalogued in the thread

http://www.weetrees.co.uk/phpBB3/viewto ... ne#p184024

Rather than just removing the sacrifice branch in 2017 I decided to try an airlayer. I can't resist the temptation to try a difficult airlayer. There was nothing to lose as long as the lower part of the tree wasn't stressed or shaded. My initial layer was a sphagnum wrap in plastic and every time I looked at it the callus had bridged the layer so it would be recut and rewrapped. Last year I replaced the bag with a split pot of pumice/akadama/lava/sphagnum intending to give it one more chance. At the weekend I was checking my layers for roots and guess what?

I had roots after 3 years.

ImageUntitled by Sputnik184, on Flickr

Author:  sputnik [ 25 Aug 2020, 14:53 ]
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ImageUntitled by Sputnik184, on Flickr

Imagehttps://flic.kr/p/2jzP5QQ by Sputnik184, on Flickr

Author:  Gary Jones [ 25 Aug 2020, 20:43 ]
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Well done. I think you're becoming the air-layer queen. I've also found using pots and soils seems to get a better environment for roots to form so maybe there's something in that.

Author:  sputnik [ 25 Aug 2020, 20:51 ]
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I have been having far more success with the pot method too Gary. The only issue is the angle of the branch being layered and whether you can keep it watered. I found the conventional bag method often kept the layers too wet.

Author:  richardb [ 25 Aug 2020, 20:55 ]
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Well done sputnik. I personally think on the difficult subjects it is the wetness which causes the callous and the dryer method forces the roots better.

Author:  Keith Hansell [ 25 Aug 2020, 22:18 ]
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Happy days

I used a pot on one of my maples instead of the usual moss with success. I was running out of sphagnum and due to the lockdown my usual supply wasn't open. Also this year I changed from a plastic wrap and moss to a pot on a Hornbeam due to it not behaving itself.

Author:  Brendan [ 26 Aug 2020, 10:44 ]
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Well done.

Also, I am so pleased you have found the pot method to work. My experience suggests it works well, especially with cat litter.

Author:  sputnik [ 26 Aug 2020, 17:08 ]
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Brendan wrote:
Well done.

Also, I am so pleased you have found the pot method to work. My experience suggests it works well, especially with cat litter.


Being able to select your substrate is the major benefit of the pot method. My hawthorns were in Akadama while I was able to use a less moisture retentive mix for the pine.

Author:  Rivulus123 [ 26 Aug 2020, 18:08 ]
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Excellent...hoping to emulate this in the future, well done!

Author:  JeffS [ 20 Nov 2020, 12:56 ]
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Bravo! I haven't seen any successful pine layers before, a very handy skill to have. Do you think the 2 years prior to the pot had any effect? Did you start the layer in Spring?

I've had success using a tourniquet on young JBP, but I now have some Zuisho seedlings grafted very high on JBP with terrible nebari. I might try this on one of them.

Example JBP sown 2018, tourniquet 2019, picture Sept 2020:
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