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Anyone still have air layers on their plants?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Crazy for Crotons, Oct 22, 2010.

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  1. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    I still have a dozen or so air layers started in mid September. Thanks to the warmth of the last month, most are rooting well. Does anyone else still have in-progress air layers out there?
     
  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    I actually removed 27 approx. 2 weeks ago. But to answer your question, I think I'm down to less than 10. I can see a big difference between putting them on in April and May, compared to August and September. Much faster in the spring.
     
  3. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    Still one or two late season ones. Since I've been trimming palms I've got about two bags full of broken croton branches rooting. FWIW, I've also left air layers on over winter (lost them or forgot about them) and they grow quite well the next spring when re-discovered, cut off, and potted up.
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Phil,

    You just reminded me on something. While putting a bunch of air layers on back in the summer at a friend's house, I found 3 that were put on the previous summer. The plant ( air layer) was approx. 3-4' tall, and when I looked under the old aluminum foil, I noticed the moss was not only bone dry, but full of roots. I removed them and potted them up when I got back to the nursery, but instead of putting them out in the shadehouse like I normally would, I placed them in the mist house to help with any shock and loss of leaf transpiration. They never missed a beat and all rooted out like any of the others. A tough plant here.......
     
  5. keith

    keith Active Member

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    I have about 50 or 60, took some off today, will plant some tomorrow.
     
  6. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    This upcoming week should get the air layers rooting. Upper 80's for the last week in October? What more can we ask?!
     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    It was the same temperature range last year Ray. And then ... :mad:
     
  8. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Use reverse psychology. Say that it's going to be brutal with fronts coming through every other day and snow on Miami Beach like 1977. Then, enjoy the beach in mid January.
     

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