Air layering in December??

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Bullwinkle, Dec 1, 2010.

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  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    I went to a nursery yesterday and saw a lady starting air layers now.I questioned here and she says she air layers in South Florida all year and gets fine results and it is just slower now than in the summer.Anybody else trying this??
     
  2. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    I've been doing cuttings the last few months and getting good results using baggies and a heating pad...
    I have some new cuttings from Hawaii that I just stuck last week.
     
  3. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    I use the bag method for any late season cuttings. It's slow but works (assuming we do not have a crappy winter like last year)
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Can cuttings be taken from plants that are wilting and appear to be in decline? This would obviously be an attempt to salvage something from a plant before it expires. I have a handful of plants that appeared to survive the freeze and return slowly with unimpressive growth and small leaves only to begin perishing 10 months later.
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Ray, your death toll continues? :confused:
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Based on the answers so far, cuttings are ok but air layering no??
     
  7. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Here's my thinking.......

    If you have one plant, and it's a fairly rare variety, there's no good reason to put an airlayer on and risk it not taking because of cold weather.

    Now, if you have an Eleanor Roosevelt that's 10' x 10', sure. Because you have nothing to loose. It's a fast growing variety and you might get a good take on all the airlayers you put on. But, on a small plant (rare) that your trying to get one produced, to me it's not worth the chance. Wait until late spring or summer.
     
  8. Jim Glock

    Jim Glock Active Member

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    I think that Searle is going soft on us. Hack thoes crotons and make December air layers. Here is a picture of air layers dated December 20th. They were cut after 30 days.

    Oh, I forgot; these were at the Southern Command.
     

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  9. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Us main-lander crotonheads don't have USDA Zone 11 conditions Jim. :(
     

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