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John Kirby
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« on: December 21, 2011, 07:41 PM »

Picked this maple up from Boon last spring. It is on a big Lace rock, been there a long time. The pot is 32" or so long- this is a heavy tree. I have posted pictures of it from somewhere near the expected new front. This tree was developed and then went in to a state of decline before Boon got t and repotted it. The first step will be to airlayer three trees off of the current tree. A semi cascade Maple, an upright and a small raft. The goal will be to end up with a more elegant single trunk tree on a big rock. Fun project or the next several years.

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(the wires are placed at approximate locations fro airlayer in March)
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 10:12 PM »

John,...when you airlayer, do you use a pot or a bag?? and if you u a bag, do you make cuts in it for air flow? also, do you use rooting hormone? i just bought a Butterfly maple and i want to air layer apart of the tree..but i want to repot it in january and get it in better soil...after i do the repot will it be okay to air layer it in Feb. or March?
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 10:27 PM »

Um, we just cut plastic in to sheets and wrap around the sphagnum, with Rooting Hormone. On your tree, I would just airlayer and not waste my time repotting. This work was done at Boon's during a club workshop. As I have said before, get in the club, do a workshop or two and you will get the help you need to get the work done. John
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 10:37 PM »

Okay thanks John. Well the part I want to air layer is the top of the tree. And the soil it's in now is mostly sand and compost and the tree is really young it's about 23 inches tall. And I'm going to the Boon's metting on the 3rd. He said he wants me to go to 3 metting first before I do a workshop but im going to see if I can go to a workshop to see how everything is and done(without me doing any work of cours)
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 10:44 PM »

Don't forget to go to the SHow on January 14th and 15th at Lake Merritt. Should be a good time, I will have trees there. Is a really inspiring show, lot's of quality work- and while there try to figure out which of the trees were started from seed or local Nursery stock and which are old or imported trees. Will give you some good inspiration.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 11:03 PM »

Don't forget to go to the SHow on January 14th and 15th at Lake Merritt. Should be a good time, I will have trees there. Is a really inspiring show, lot's of quality work- and while there try to figure out which of the trees were started from seed or local Nursery stock and which are old or imported trees. Will give you some good inspiration.
Okay sounds good. So I'm guessing you'll be there? If so I will introduce myself. Happy holidays John
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2013, 12:37 AM »

Are you still working on this maple John?
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 11:07 AM »

Why yes. I hadn't gone out to California since February, until last weekend. The airlayers were separated in February and they are growing well. The main tree has popped back well and is ready to start back on in the fall.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 10:35 PM »

Good, I'm looking forward to see what you do with it. The base is impressive.

Really nice Japanese maples seem incredibly hard to come by in the States. But I am a bit sheltered her in WY; is it different in CA?
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2014, 08:24 PM »

Worked on this tree last week. The two air layers (separated last winter) were repotted and the mother tree was pruned, threadg grafted , and repotted .
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2014, 11:44 PM »

Thanks for the update! It's coming along nicely.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2014, 07:41 AM »

So on the last photo, is the upright trunk is being removed?  If that is true, why cut just partway thru the trunk, or are you doing something else here.  
The two layers look great! (even sideways  Cheesy)
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2014, 01:46 PM »

Judy, it speeds healing, usually by 1/2.
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