Air Layers in February?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by fawnridge, Feb 7, 2012.

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  1. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to start a bunch of them on the south side of the garden on the 15th. I figure at these temperatures they'll take around 6 to 8 weeks. The long term forecast is for above average temperatures and more rain. Might as well take advantage of an early start to the growing season.

    I have a 9' Johannis with at least 10 long limbs that needs to come back down so you can see the leaves. Also a bunch of Gloriosa that are hanging over a pathway. Nothing really exciting, but they'll make nice plants at three in a pot.
     
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    I have been airlayering all winter with great success.It has been taking around 5-6 weeks instead of the 3-4 weeks that it takes in the summer.I even airlayered some rarer items (daybreak) and it took around 5 weeks to get the layer full of roots.I am sure the abnormally warm weather helped.It has been more like May here instead of Feb
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Johannis is a great croton! The ones in Randy's courtyard really caught my eye. :cool:

    Ricky - air layers on Feb. 15th, you won't get any arguments from me the way this season has progressed. :)
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    You guys mean air layers THIS February.
     
  5. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Don't know if its optimism or a mistake. I just went and hit all my crotons with 20-20-20 water soluble fertilizer. I last fertilized my crotons the first week of Sept. Predicting that no more 40 degree temperatures will be coming this season. Mid to low 50's should be OK. :confused:
     
  6. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I'm thankful not to have started any air layers after what happened this past weekend. A couple of nights in the 30's would have wreaked major havoc. My February 20th date for winter's "end" still holds true in central Florida despite the warmer than usual winter.
     
  7. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I hit mine last in Dec and plan on hitting them this weekend with water soluble fertilizer.
     
  8. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    15 airlayers in place. Johannis, Gloriosa, Glen Roof, Davis #3, Pink Bravo, Phillip Geduldig, but no Thea, sorry. Weather forecast for the balance of February is Spring.
     

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