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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: RSchneider on March 20, 2015, 09:14 PM

Title: Air Layering Question
Post by: RSchneider on March 20, 2015, 09:14 PM
Hello everyone, I have a question about air layering. I have access to a bald cypress that I am going to air layer. The branch that I want to air layer is rather long, and I wanted to know if it is possible to air layer the same branch in two different spots to get two trees out of it? Has anyone ever done this before? Thanks.
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: Stebry on March 20, 2015, 11:29 PM
Anyone else out there correct me if I'm wrong, but you can only do one air layer on a single branch at a time. So yes. You could turn one branch, truck, etc into multiple trees...but it would take multiple seasons to achieve as only one air layer can be performed on the same trunk/branch at one time.
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: 0soyoung on March 21, 2015, 01:14 AM
The process of generating roots is driven by auxin and photosynthate from the foliage above. In principle an air layer could be made of any branch/trunk segment with foliage on it = several layers could be made of one branch; there must be foliage above/between each girdle. However, one or two leafs in a segment very likely is not enough; I do not know how many leafs per segment are needed to produce a successful layer, nor do I know of a data source. Let us know.
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: bwaynef on March 22, 2015, 08:13 PM
No experience w/ 2 on a single branch, but I seem to recall someone posting their evidence that they'd done it. Wish I could be more help. 

Let us know how it goes!  (And take pictures so that you can become the guy who we point to when someone comes next spring asking this question.)
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on April 05, 2015, 12:03 PM
My attempts at multiple air layers backs ups Osoyoung's obsvervation. I failed with middle section because not enough foliage in between. Best success is one layer per branch p per season. Multiples at same time have a much, much lowerer chance of success. Might get luchy if success is not a big concern.
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: RSchneider on April 05, 2015, 06:38 PM
Thanks for the information everyone. I think I'm going to try to air layer the branch near the trunk, and again near the end of the branch. The branch is pretty long with a lot of foliage in between, so I'll see what happens.
Title: Re: Air Layering Question
Post by: 0soyoung on April 05, 2015, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the information everyone. I think I'm going to try to air layer the branch near the trunk, and again near the end of the branch. The branch is pretty long with a lot of foliage in between, so I'll see what happens.

After you've done it, try to count up how many leafts are above each girdle - I know it is a little tedious, but might be quite informative and worth the effort.