Posts Tagged ‘propagation’

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!

Crabapple

Crabapple

More fruit trees

Training fruit trees, such as espalier, in small space is an important skill to have nowadays if one want to grow a variety of fruit trees with the ever decreasing size of housing blocks and increasing size of houses. There are many books and articles on training trees, and all of them appears to recommend plants like apples, pears, currents, berries, citrus, persimmons, and stone fruits.

Living in Brisbane, there are a wide variety of fruit trees that are suited to subtropical climates to choose from, but not many of those fruit trees mentioned above. Also, I personally love tropical fruits like mangos, longans, mangosteens, and durians etc. I know we’re not hot enough for mangosteens and durians, but I’d love to have different varieties of mangos and longans so that I have supplies of them over the entire season. Fruits trees, especially grafted named varieties are not cheap to buy, and it can get costly to experiment on them. Therefore, I’m thinking about propagating some myself for experiments ~

So far, I have tried air-layer, cuttings, and growing from seeds. Air-layer has been a complete failure, and growing from seeds takes a long time to bear fruits and quality is unpredictable, so I’ll be concentrating on cuttings.

Things I would like to try and have plants on hand are:-
Tahitian lime
Sungold peach
Dwarf black mulberries (had success before)
Valencia orange
Wurtz Avocado
Longan
Nam Roi Pummelo
Prunus Mume (Chinese plum, Japanese apricots)

Blueberry from cuttings

Blueberry from cuttings


Blueberry cuttings strike successfully from spring last year doing well.

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/

Growing from cuttings

Many plants can be propagated from cuttings and often much easier than from seeds ~
I’m not very good at it though, because I tend  not to be able to keep them moist consistently, and consequently, they dry out before they shoot out any roots.  However, I’ve still had success with propagating Mulberry, Rosemary, mint, basil, Cassava, mother-of-herbs (Plectranthus aromaticus syn. Coleus aromaticus), and sugarcane by cuttings.  They must have been really easy to root ~ all I did was cut either the tip of growth or section of a twig/branch, remove the leaves down the bottom 1/2 to 2/3, and stick them in the soil.

I’ve received cuttings from other people that are less common, or that I would never would have have thought of propagating from cuttings though.  Eggplants, Tamarillo, Pepino, even a mango just to mention a few …

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Mango

Cutting grown Mango

The eggplant grown from cutting have just produced its first fruit now 🙂

Cutting grown Eggplant

Cutting grown Eggplant