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Don Dunn
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« on: February 02, 2013, 12:45 AM »

Well, the weather here in California has been pretty warm the last couple of weeks. About  70 deg F. today and it's been in the 60s  for a whole week now. I checked my landscape Japanese maples and the buds are just starting to poke out. I figured it's a good time to do some air layers. This one is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Some one posted a method using a paper towel to hold the medium close to the cut.  I can't remember who posted that or I would give you credit. Anyhow I thought that made since to me so I tried it on this one today. Here are some pictures. I was wondering if any one has tried using both thee spagnum in the pot and the plastic methods together?  In other words wrapping the spagnum pot with plastic.
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Don Dunn
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 12:46 AM »

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bwaynef
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 03:14 PM »

I posted the thread you mentioned ...but *I* stole the idea from Al/Smoke so ...just use the technique.  Attribute the idea to him if you like.

My one issue, and its not a big one really, is that the hormone need only be ABOVE the cut.  Well, that and I would've stripped off a wider ring of bark.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2013, 04:11 PM »

bwaynef
Well thank you for sharing the idea and of course thank you Al/Smoke for your ingenuity. Do you think this might heal over before it starts roots? The area I removed is over an inch high. I have read that it should be as wide as the branch but I did not think it could heal over such a wide gape in less than a couple of years. I plan on doing one or two more on this tree because I need to lower the whole branch structure at least a foot. I'll try to keep your information in mind. This tree is a landscape tree not a Bonsai
but the air layer will be a Bonsai  if it takes.
Thank you for the help bwaynef.
Don
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