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Air Layering vs. Cutting

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by TikiRick, Jul 7, 2011.

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  1. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone say which one is faster this time of year? I know it takes approximately 3 months to air layer, but wouldn't a cutting, done properly be faster?

    What I mean by "faster" is a plant that is flushed out with numerous leaves, enough to identify it.

    With this heat and humidity (and now rains!) I honestly think a cutting may be faster.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    My airlayering has been averaging around 30 days,I think 3 months may be for the winter months??I have some that are even ready after 3 weeks.I think that airlaring is safer for rarer plants.If done properly you are pretty much guaranteed success
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    These air layers were put on in late May. Potted up in the last few days in the Moose Land. Containers should be full of roots in 4 - 6 weeks. It takes some time but you end up with a plant ready to go into the ground this year.
     

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  4. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Concur with Bullwinkle's times for air layers. I can get large plants (3 gal+) from air layers. Cuttings take from 1-3 years before i can put one in the ground - if they make it through the winters. My success rate on air layers is 95%+; not quite so good on cuttings.
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    An air layer will also have mature leaves, you can pretty much know what the plant is most of the time. :)

    Some more new air layers in the Moose Land. ;)
     

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  6. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys....spag moss and tin foil it is then!
     
  7. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Most of the 3 gal at the meeting's auction all came from air layers this spring.
     
  8. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    Just finished putting on my last layers for this year.Will remove at end of October and then will wait foir next spring.
     

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