Bonsai Study Group Forum

Species Specific => Trident Maple Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on September 07, 2011, 01:03 PM

Title: The one that didn't take
Post by: bwaynef on September 07, 2011, 01:03 PM
I started an airlayer on 2 trident maples earlier this year.  When I went to separate them 2 weekends ago I found that one had calloused over.  I'll try to find the before pictures, but here it is after I cleaned it up and started the layer again.

(This tree will be pampered in a greenhouse after it loses its leaves to keep whatever gets growing before fall from dying.)
Title: Re: The one that didn't take
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 07, 2011, 03:30 PM
I've had the same thing happen before with a trident of my own.  Really strong growers, they seem not to mind the missing layer of cambium.
Title: Re: The one that didn't take
Post by: Larry Gockley on September 07, 2011, 04:51 PM
Just wondering how long the air-layer was on. I never tried a trident, but on a few good sized natal plum, I had many roots in 6 weeks. Do you think the rough bark from possible earlier branch removal at that spot had anything to do with it?Also , for future reference, when the air-layer is removed, will the base trunk be used also. Larry
Title: Re: The one that didn't take
Post by: Shane Martin on December 29, 2011, 12:21 AM
I started an airlayer on 2 trident maples earlier this year.  When I went to separate them 2 weekends ago I found that one had calloused over.  I'll try to find the before pictures, but here it is after I cleaned it up and started the layer again.

(This tree will be pampered in a greenhouse after it loses its leaves to keep whatever gets growing before fall from dying.)
Was the other one a similar size, and did it have any old scars in the layer area..... any pics before you seperated the other one.
I've not done air-layering before, but have done my first on a Japanese Maple about a month ago. Hoping for a good result.
My guess , this one possibly dried out..... spaghnum moss wasn't kept moist enough.
How long before you unwrapped it?
Title: Re: The one that didn't take
Post by: bwaynef on December 29, 2011, 12:03 PM
I decided to let both of them grow.  They will be protected from freezing temps this winter and should be viable enough to separate in the spring with very little setback from having waited.
Title: Re: The one that didn't take
Post by: bwaynef on July 08, 2013, 11:16 AM
So, the tree in question here was placed in an area that had a faulty nozzle and didn't get watered.  It was lost.

The other tree that was alluded to earlier in this thread is pictured below.