Air layer reversal

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Crazy for Crotons, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Silly question but can an air layer be reversed? I put a BIG air layer (probably 6" diameter foil ball) on a Lillian Stoffregen in spring of 2010. The plant had lost most of its leaves after the wicked January of 2010 and I decided to make it branch very, very low (about 4 inches above soil level). I threw caution to the wind and didn't think about whether or not the air layer could sustain such a big plant above it (over 3 feet tall above the air layer with many branches). I'm tempted to repot the entire plant into a bigger container and put the air layer below the soil level. Crotons, unlike many plants, can survive being planted too deep by simply sending out more roots. What do you guys think I should do? The plant looks much better this year albeit still a bit leggy. The other option is pull off the foil and let the roots dry up but that sounds more risky.

    I have an Elaine with the same potential problem.
     
  2. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    In the words of Harry Belafonte, "Somebody help me!".
     
  3. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Ray. You might try airlayering the branches above if they are still growing, let them root, cut them off, then take the low air layer off. I've also added more sphagnum to previously growing airlayers to get a larger rootball. Just some ideas. Chris
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Chris, the addition of more sphagnum sounds better. I'll try that first. Thanks for your ideas.
     
  5. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    That Coppinger bloodline sure is a great asset to this Croton Forum. Lol
     
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ray - what was the final result? :confused: Inquiring crotonheads are dying to know. :rolleyes:


    Day-yo ...
     
  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Ron,

    I took a chance and cut both last month without adding any additional sphagnum moss. The air layers must have been big enough to support all of the foliage because neither have dropped a single leaf. The air layers were almost softball size.
     

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