Propagation forum: Air layering system

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 7, 2012 1:28 AM CST
Came across this today and thought it was interesting.

http://www.airpropagator.com/
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 7, 2012 5:54 PM CST
I tried air propagating with my schefflera once. I was successful but not as successful as the lady in the link but it did work.
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drdawg
Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM CST
Schefflera is extremely easy to propagate simply by rooting cuttings. Cut any branch approximately 6-8" from the tip, strip off the bottom 2/3 of leaves, dip in water then rooting hormone, and insert the stem into milled or peat moss. Keep barely moist and the cuttings will root within 2-4 wks.

I use air-layering techniques for difficult to root plants like fiddle-leaf ficus. It takes anywhere from 4-12 wks for these air-layered branches to root, IF they do root. Air-layering fiddle-leafs is way more successful than rooting cuttings from them.

The pictures shows approximately a dozen scheffleras, all grown from cuttings.

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fixpix
Oct 19, 2012 2:18 AM CST
I also tried with a Tibouchina and it worked.
Sorry no pics just links to pics (I am at work and pics are stored at home...but links work!)
This is the plant, as you can see it didn't look that "nice"
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/299667454010401036...
I peeled off the "bark" a bit around the stem
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/246370764010401036...
I used a transparent plastic cup (BLACK is better???)
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/277996030010401036...
Filled it up with sphagnum (spelling?) and used tape to secure the cup around the stem
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/293635809010401036...
This is the result!
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/220831948010401036...
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 20, 2012 8:27 PM CST
Awesome photos. I like the cup idea. It looks like it didn't matter if the cup was dark or not. Your plant was a success. You could make a tutorial of that!
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rakami
Nov 10, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Hi I'm new to this website.Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea!
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sheryl
Mar 2, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Yeah.... I'm not sure that the "air propagator" is any more than nicer packaging than a baggie with duct tape, lol....

I have also heard that roots exposed to light are weaker, and the reason some plants will not root in glasses of water. So for that instance, the air propagator would be superior to a baggie.....

Thanks for posting it Jay, regardless! It's always good to know what's out there.
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