Propagation forum: New Here. Thought I'd share a little about me

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(Zone 8a)
RobinM
Oct 27, 2016 2:00 PM CST
Hi all. I just signed up here and went straight to the propagation forum, since that's where my heart is. I had my first "real" success this summer. I propagated a 40 year old fig tree and a 5 year old crepe myrtle using the air layering method. What a great feeling when this works! Here's the fig tree I did this summer.

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He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Oct 27, 2016 2:21 PM CST
Hurray! and Welcome!
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(Zone 8a)
RobinM
Oct 27, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Thanks PlantMania for the welcome!
He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 27, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Welcome RobinM Welcome!
Love the success and the photos, thanks. Sure hope you decide to write articles and submit to NGA for publication. Many people could benefit from your experience and step-by-step photos. Thumbs up
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(Zone 8a)
RobinM
Oct 27, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Thanks greene! I may do that. I don't, however, consider myself an expert. I've had a little experience and little success but it was such fun doing it. I have a folder with pictures of the whole process. I may write something up and do a tutorial. The crepe myrtle I did was a branch that was about 12'. It and the fig tree are both now planted in the landscape and seem to be doing well. I won't know that it was truly successful though until spring as they've not made it through a winter yet so we will see.
He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 27, 2016 5:41 PM CST
Air layering is my favorite way of propagation. A couple of years ago I did a dogwood tree and a kwanzan cherry tree and a star magnolia.

Good job with your fig @RobinM Did you have any die back when you cut it from the mother plant?
(Zone 8a)
RobinM
Oct 27, 2016 6:00 PM CST
@plantcollector, I didn't have any die back at all. I was surprised about that. I even got 4 figs off of it this year, while it was still in the pot. I started the layer in late February and cut it from the mother tree in April. It sat in a pot on my deck until about 3 weeks ago when I planted it next to my utility building. It is doing great so far.
He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Oct 27, 2016 6:54 PM CST
That's awesome you even got some fruit. I had a little die back on mine but not much. I don't think you will have any problems marking it though the winter Thumbs up
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
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RobinSeeds
Jan 20, 2017 12:24 AM CST
Congrats on your air layering success and welcome to NGA @RobinM! Hurray! Welcome!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 21, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Welcome to NGA! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Thanks for sharing the photos of your success with air layering!
(Zone 8a)
RobinM
Jun 27, 2017 6:51 AM CST
Wow. The time has flown by. I didn't realize how long it has been since I was here! If anyone is still checking this thread, here's an update. The fig is doing awesome. Twice it's size now and loaded with fruit. The crepe/crape myrtle is doing "well" but not awesome.
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He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.

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