Posts Tagged ‘airlayer’

My baby crabapple tree went to a good home

I’ve decided to cut the air-layer and pot it up after my last post on my crabapple, considering that the tree was dormant, and was probably the best time to make the cut. Plus, I was a little concern about the mother tree due to beetle grubs ate a lot of the roots.

It sat there for a couple of months, and finally both the mother tree, and the new air-layered tree’s leafing out, and even throwing out flowers. The mother tree appears to be in good health, but I don’t see any suitable branches for another layer for a fellow gardener who’s wanted a white flowering crabapple for a while, so I decided to give away my first successful layer.

It’s sad to see my baby tree go, but I’m sure it will be a good home!

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Airlayering Crabapple follow up

It was October last year when I attempted the airlayer on my crabapple, and in that post I was planning to update in a couple of months.
Well, I did check in a couple of months, but I did not feel that there were any roots forming, so I did not post a follow up.

As time went on, one of the airlayer “bag” fell off, the ziplock bag opened and some of the coir fell out, and the only one left intact was the bubble wrap one so I did not have high hopes for them. I’m planning to repot my crabapple, so I went and removed what’s left of all the airlayer bags, and discovered there were roots in the bubble wrap one!!!

The coir in there was dried, and I’m not sure how long they’ve been dried for, and whether the roots are alive or not. So I wrapped it with clear thick packing plastic this time with fresh potting mix. Hopefully more and stronger roots will form in spring, and then I’ll try to cut this off.

Lessons learnt:-

  • If the airlayer “bag” stay intact, there’s a chance there may be roots.
  • Try not to use bubble wrap for better visibility and ‘feel’
  • Use sticky tape to tape plastic film close around the trunk
  • Do not use sandwich bag ties, they’re too short and difficult to work with
  • Do not use plastic cable ties. The piece of plastic I tried to wrap around the trunk this time round keeps slipping out of the cable tie
  • May need to water the airlayer “bags”

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    Remains of the airlayer bags

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    Showing dried coir medium

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    Roots!!

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    Wrapping it up again