The Q&A Archives: Airlayering

Question: How do I airlayer a Ruby Grapefruit Tree? We have one that makes very good Fruit and would like to plant more of the same. Can you help, please? Thank you!

Answer: The best time for propagation is while the plant in an active growth phase. Choose a part of the stem that is slightly green (rather than brown or totally green, and has healthy leaves at the other end. Remove about one inch of bark all the way around the stem (girdle it). Place a ball of slightly damp sphagnum moss around the girdled section. Wrap the moss with a piece of black plastic and secure it on both ends with twist ties. Be sure to keep the moss damp - check every so often and dampen if necessary. In about 1-2 months roots will form under the plastic. Sever the stem just below the newly formed roots and pot up the "baby". Have fun!

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