Air-Layering: Untitled

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By drdawg
March 5, 2015

Often, we want to propagate a special or valuable plant but find seeds are hard, if not impossible, to find and/or have failed at rooting cuttings. Air-layering may be the answer to this problem.

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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
Mar 6, 2015 9:01 PM CST
Thanks for the reminder Ken!! I have only done the air-layering on a couple of rubber tree plants. But I have a couple of suckers coming up from my fig that are about 6 ft tall and had thought about using air layering them to produce some ready made fig trees. How long does the process normally take you? I'm guessing 6 to 8 weeks, but probably is dependent on weather conditions since this will be outside in the elements. Probably going to wait until around the first week in April and hope warmer nights have started to arrive.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)

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Mar 6, 2015 9:11 PM CST
During the spring/summer, I will see roots in 2-3 weeks. During the fall/winter, it might take 6 weeks. It is always best to air-layer when the plant beings its growth cycle, not when it is dormant. With fiddle leaf ficus, it may never seem to be dormant, but believe me, from late fall through winter, it is dormant. It just never loses leaves to indicate that.
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