Archive for October, 2014

Airlayering Crabapple

I have attempted airlayering (aka marcotting) once before on a longan tree. However, it was a half hearted attempt, with only one branch, obviously it did not take. I later found that I did not cut deep enough to the cambium layer, nor was the cut wide enough.

I’m trying again with crabapple this time. I’m using coconut coir fibre as medium, and used two types of wraps, bubble wraps, and packaging ziplock bag. I so hope this would work, because I would like to do this to several mature trees I planted at my parents’ place, and it would be a great way to produce plants for sharing and bonsai practice!

Will update in a couple of months 🙂

Crabapple air layer

Crabapple air layer

Follow up to this blog:-

https://subtropicalgarden.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/airlayering-crabapple-follow-up/

https://subtropicalgarden.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/my-baby-crabapple-tree-went-to-a-good-home/

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Super Prize Tomatoes

I wasn’t going to buy any seedlings, but it was more than half price at a supermarket… only $1.30 for a pot of tomato seedlings. The reason they marked them down is of course due to half of the seedlings were dead already, and all of their pots were bone dried. But I did spot a pot with three surviving seedlings of a variety called “Super Prize” which only grow to 50 cm high. I have always grown open pollinated indeterminate, so a small determinate F1 tomato is new to me, and it’s a bargain too good to pass.

After watering them regularly for a week, I think it’s ready to be planted out. Sadly when I tried to separate them, I found their roots were all tangled up. Although I managed to separate them, a lot of roots were lost. There was a little surprise though, there were four seedlings instead of three. Well, I hope at least one of them survive. I have potted them into different size containers, the largest of which is a Styrofoam box. So there’s a lot of spare space in that one, in order not to not waste valuable grow space I’ve poked in a few cuttings (Wisteria, crabapple, and mostly prunus mume) to see if they’ll take.

Hopefully, I’ll have an update in a couple of months with harvests ~

Tomato plants transplanted into different containers ~

Tomato plants transplanted into different containers ~