Question about air layering

ms_minnamouse(7a)May 10, 2009

If you wrap the sphagnum with something like saran wrap and tie it, how do you keep that area from cooking in the sun (will trap heat) and how do you water it if the sphagnum gets dry without having to untie it every time?

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wildforager(5b-WI)

you put aluminium foil over the plastic wrap to reflect the sun. Its my understanding that it doesn't need to be watered.

-Little John

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 12:20AM
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hortus_custodis(7)

I leave mine open on the top. It allows heat to escape and oxygen in. Wrapping with foil will help, the heat is not entirely bad. It will incourage root growth when temps are cooler.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 5:45PM
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bamabutterfly(Z7)

Thanks, LJ, for the foil idea...I've been wanting to try AL with some old garden roses and a pear tree that was planted eons ago, and never needs any spraying and produces a bumper crop. I suppose air-layering would work for an old-fashioned fruit tree?? Just wondering.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 9:54PM
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napapen(ca 15)

I leave an opening at the top and bottom of the wrapping for watering. It is probably best to do these in cooler weather and expect to keep them on for afew months.

Penny

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 10:52AM
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avajay

I would imagine that watering could be done with a kitchen syringe, the kind that's used for injecting meats with wet seasonings and whatnot, it has a few lateral holes in the needle in addition to the one at the tip. Seems perfect to me, I for one intend to try it.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 2:02AM
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jerbear_gardner

water or not to water an air layer bundle? If I keep the plant watered is it necessary to re-moisten an air layer moss bundle?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 1:16PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Yes the moss wrapping must be kept moist. Roots will not grow into dry moss. Al

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 1:45PM
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CPTK

If the package is all sealed up in plastic and foil, will the moss dry out? The water has nowhere to go. I'm just worried about the area becoming too wet if you water it.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 4:58PM
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sunlicious(4)

just from my experience: i air-layered a shrub rose twice. i followed the instructions i found on the internet-put moistened moss around prepared area, wrap in plastic, seal ends (not too tight) and cover with foil. let it be and found roots in about a month. i noticed moss was still moistened, so, not something i had to worry about.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 8:47AM
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