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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Jeff Lahr on October 28, 2009, 08:39 PM

Title: Air Layer: Wrong Kind of Growth
Post by: Jeff Lahr on October 28, 2009, 08:39 PM
I started this airlayer about three weeks ago (I live in a very moderate climate). Instead of roots, It looks as if new leaves are growing inside the spaghum moss. Does this indicate that I'm doing something wrong. I should add that I've had awful luck with air layers in the past.
Title: Re: Air Layer: Wrong Kind of Growth
Post by: EdMerc on November 10, 2009, 08:43 PM
Hi Jeff.  I must admit, this is the first time I've seen this, but I don't think you have anything to worry about.

It looks like the leaves have sprouted from below your cut.  Roots should eventually sprout from above your cut.


Good luck,
Ed
Title: Re: Air Layer: Wrong Kind of Growth
Post by: ericrobinson on November 10, 2009, 10:32 PM
Could be your sphagnum moss is greening up and growing.  If you buy the good stuff (sphagnum) for layering it will sometimes do this.  Can't  tell from the pic but this could be the case.
Title: Re: Air Layer: Wrong Kind of Growth
Post by: Jeff Lahr on November 11, 2009, 09:53 AM
Thanks for the input. I'll let you know if roots follow.
Title: Re: Air Layer: Wrong Kind of Growth
Post by: Larry Gockley on November 11, 2009, 06:16 PM
Hi Jeff. It looks like the leaves on your tree have turned brown, a natural occurrence in the fall in your area, I'm sure. The energy, (food), that a tree uses to grow new roots comes from photosynthesis of green leaves. I'm thinking maybe you should try again in late spring, after the new leaves have hardened off.  It's all about timing.  Good luck, Larry