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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: goshiki59 on September 25, 2012, 02:39 PM

Title: Air Layering
Post by: goshiki59 on September 25, 2012, 02:39 PM
I successfully airlayered 2 Japanese maples this summer ,one is a "Sangu Kaku and one is a " A.S. Full Moon Maple". At least it looks like I have some pretty decent roots.
Does anyone know if it is better to wait till the leaves fall or is it safe to chop them now ??

Thanks,
Steve
Title: Re: Air Layering
Post by: Judy on September 25, 2012, 04:20 PM
Hi Steve,
You should wait to cut these back. If you do this before they are dormant, it will cause them to start new growth that will not survive the winter. Unless you live in a climate that has no winter, then someone else will have to help you out. 
Title: Re: Air Layering
Post by: bwaynef on September 25, 2012, 07:40 PM
I think the chopping he's talking about is severing the newly rooted part from the old part.  'mIright?

I would probably wait, ...but either way you're going to need to protect the roots this winter.  Where in Zone 7 are you?
Title: Re: Air Layering
Post by: goshiki59 on September 26, 2012, 06:59 AM
Yes, by "chop them" I meant to remove them from the origional tree...to complete the air layer.....
I am in Annapolis, MD...zone 7a
Title: Re: Air Layering
Post by: rockm on September 26, 2012, 10:33 AM
I would gently remove them from the tree now and gently plant them in the ground. They should have been severed back in mid-late summer.

I wouldn't leave them on the tree as the winter will kill the new roots pretty quickly, especially if we get another cold one (which I'm expecting this year--I don't think we're gonna sneak by with a non-winter like last year). Your area up there around Annapolis may stay a bit warmer since you're near the bay, BUT a deep cold snap into the teens in December will most likely kill all the roots in the bag...
Title: Re: Air Layering
Post by: Don Dunn on January 26, 2013, 11:49 PM
Steve
How did this turn out? Have you got any pictures you can share, I plan on doing some this year myself. Did you use the split pot method or the plastic wrap method ?