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andy graham

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Ficus air layer
« on: June 15, 2013, 08:04 AM »
1 month after initiation, I cut the top off of this "Golden Gate". I left the moss on the roots and planted it in straight Turface. 3 days after I had roots coning out of the pond basket. It never dropped a leaf.
 

Charles Willis

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Re: Ficus air layer
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 09:40 AM »
Wow! Do you leave the root ends coming out of the pond basket to die back naturally or do you snip them off? I have a little microcarpa cutting that I have been growing in a small colander. It's been putting out vigorous top growth but I haven't noticed any roots poking out yet.
 

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Re: Ficus air layer
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 10:02 AM »
Andy can correct me if Im wrong, but the idea of a pond basket/colander is that the air/light will prune or discourage roots from continuing to grow outwards.  They "backbud" (not really, but...) and eventually form a dense root system.
 

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Re: Ficus air layer
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 11:45 AM »
Wayne,

In general, and with most plants that is correct. It really doesn't work so well(in my experience) with Ficus, though. The roots do fine out of the pot and are strong enough to keep growing. I used this pond basket to insure the best drainage, not to "air prune" the roots.
 

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Re: Ficus air layer
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2013, 08:54 AM »
Charles,

I didn't do anything with the roots that came out of the sides of the pond basket. I didn't intend to leave the "tree" in it long enough to worry about them. As a matter of fact, I have already transplanted into a bonsai training pot.

Andy