which species for layering/air layering?

cousinfloydAugust 24, 2012

What fruit species can be layered/air layered successfully without the use of rooting hormones? I know figs take to layering very well. It seems like a pretty easy propagation method. If I knew there were other species for which it would be simple and successful, I'd like to take advantage of the possibility. I'd be interested to know about any fruits in addition to figs, but I'm particularly wondering about mulberries and hardy kiwis.

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

All the Ribes (red and black currants, Jostaberries, gooseberries) will layer naturally if a branch touches the ground. Can't help you with kiwis or mulberries but since kiwis are a vine I imagine they would layer too.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 2:46PM
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cousinfloyd

Thanks, flora, I just walked past my ribes (one of each of the ones you listed) and was thinking I should have asked specifically about them, too.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 2:59PM
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murkwell

With black currents where I live one can literally prune off 12" in the late winter or spring and plunge it into the soil where one wants a plant and it will grow.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 6:34PM
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glenn_10 zone 4b/5a NewBrunswick,Can.

cousinfloyd,yes kiwis will layer but they take a few months to do so.I find the kolomitka will root with no root hormone but the arguta benefit from a little IBA hormone.I usually bend a cane to the ground and put a rock on it.Grapes root well with no root hormone as do raspberries and blackberries and as mentioned above goose berries and currants.They say mulberry root well also...I am doing it right now and I will let you know how well it works.
Glenn

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 8:16PM
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copingwithclay

Although I have airlayered muscadines for several years, this was my first year to airlayer mulberry, pom, and fig branches inside of pvc pipe compartments. More than half made it. I also tried some other enclosures. I would type up a detailed account if you want.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 11:48PM
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