Air Layering Question

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by rpebinger, Nov 23, 2013.

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  1. rpebinger

    rpebinger Active Member

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    Having (hopefully) pulled off my first successful air layer a month or two ago - I am emboldened to ramp up such efforts when the spring warmth returns. A couple of questions popped into my noggin' while planning....

    * Is there such a thing as too thick or too thin a branch to attempt an air layer on? Moreover - is there an ideal girth that yields the best result?

    * Is it possible to air layer a branch of a potted croton? Will this yield too much of a set-back that would preclude the potted plant from having a successful air layer - or diminish the success rate because its potted?

    Thank you all,

    ~ Rich
     
  2. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    Rich - Rule number one with Croton airlayers is only work with gray wood. That having been said, I've done airlayers on branches that were just over a 1/4" and as large as nearly 2" with success. You might have to wait a bit longer with the really thick ones. And in answer to your second question, it doesn't matter if they are in the ground or in a pot as long as you follow rule number one.
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    * Answer: Too thick, too thin? I don't think so. Ideal girth? some cultivars produce roots at different rates, don't believe there is an ideal girth. I've made air layers on stems 1/2 the diameter of a No. 2 pencil. Had to stake the plants up from leaning over from the weight of air layer works. Chris Mayhew has actually made them on tiny branches - using a gum wrapper for the foil.
     
  4. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks for the question, Rich, I'm still learning too and learned something here.:D
     

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