air layer

  1. J

    Creating a bonsai tree while still on a parent tree?

    I have a lot of junipers, and a large red maple on my property that i would like to air layer into bonsai trees. I keep thinking that it would be advantageous to do some serious grow out and branch work on a future tree while the branch is still attached to the parent and then air layer the...
  2. B

    [88 Days] Air-Layering Japanese Black Pine x 2

    Hello Bonsai Nutters, Here are the results of my 2nd attempted at air layering Japanese Black Pine #3 and #4. Location: Bali, Indonesia Date of Air-Layer: 7 May 2022 Date of Removal & Repot: 2 August 2022 Total No. of Days: 88 In my earlier thread here...
  3. B

    [97 Days] 1st Success: Air-Layering Japanese Black Pine

    Hello Bonsai Nutters, I would like to share my experience with air-layering (AL) a Japanese Black Pine (JBP). This specimen is a result of my first successful attempt at air-layering a JBP. Prior to this Air Layer, of all the references found on the Internet, the general accepted timing for...
  4. S

    Dawn Redwood Rooting?

    Hello everyone! This is my first post on Bonsai Nut, but I have around 30 bonsai and have been working with them for approximately five years. I recently went on vacation for six days, and to keep my plants alive, I placed them in a circle with two sprinklers in the middle. All my bonsai are in...
  5. Dank Piscean

    Best soil mix for Maple air layering after removal from parent tree?

    I've got two Bloodgood Maple air layerings out in my front yard that I've started a month ago. Still no roots but the sphagnum moss inside the air layer pods is still moist and just needs time. I know its gonna take at least another month or more for good roots to develop and I'll definitely...
  6. memehongkong

    My first Japanese Maple air layer attempt

    Hello All, Cut off my first successful air layer attempt yesterday. I started the air layer on my Tobiosho Japanese Maple around March and cut off the branch yesterday. Putting the plant in a pot with sphagnum moss and will place it in a shady area for the root to grow strong. Then I will...
  7. Dank Piscean

    First Air Layer of Red Maple in Front Yard

    It's through bonsai that I discovered what "air layering" was so I thought I'd give it a try on this Red Maple I have in my front yard. I believe its a bloodgood and there's a couple others on the same and neighboring blocks since they seem to be popular here. I love the color they give during...
  8. S

    question for those with experience of air layering to grow surface roots question - what to do once the roots grow?

    Seeking guidance on an air layering question: I am a beginner and am trying to develop surface roots. I am going to try the ‘ring’ air layering technique (cutting a ring through the bark and growing roots into moss). My question is, what should I do with the new roots once they have grown...
  9. S

    Question for those with experience of Air layering surface roots - what to do once the roots grow?

    Seeking guidance on an air layering question: I am a beginner and am trying to develop visible surface roots. I have tried the ‘ring’ air layering technique (cutting a ring through the bark and growing roots into moss). My question is, what should I do with the new roots once they have grown...
  10. Caleb Campbell

    Yatsubusa Elm

    Got this Yatsubusa today, and I am very happy with the purchase. However as you can see, there are some spots with inverse taper/knobbing (which is very typical of yatsubusa elms). Obviously I'm thinking air layers, one at the top under at that bulge, and one at the bottom right on that bulge...
  11. L

    Lorax7 Scots Pine #1 progression

    Nursery stock I got a few years ago and transplanted into a training pot. Started an air layer this spring using moist sphagnum. Checked it this fall and there seems to be a little callus forming but no roots. Saw a post on Bnut that said Ryan Neil uses pure akadama with a top dressing of...
  12. L

    Lorax7 Ash #1 progression

    Ash tree that I got from the local bonsai club’s annual silent auction. Here it is in 2020, although I don’t seem to have a picture of the whole thing: It had a cut about 1/3 of the way through the trunk down low toward the base from its previous life before it came to me. I decided to air...
  13. L

    Lorax7 Mulberry #1 progression

    I’ve got a couple of mulberry “volunteers” in the yard, so I decided to air layer one of them. Harvested the layer fall 2021:
  14. L

    Lorax7 Shishigashira #1 progression

    Bought the parent tree this spring. Repotted it and started this air layer at about the same time. Harvested this air layer about a month ago and potted in a mesh bottom tray. Here it is in fall 2021:
  15. L

    Lorax7 Katsura #1 progression

    Air layer started in spring 2021 and harvested in the fall:
  16. L

    Lorax7 Arakawa #1 progression

    Air layer started this spring and harvested about a month ago:
  17. L

    Lorax7 Sango Kaku #2 progression

    Sango Kaku JM air layer (2021): The parent tree is Sango Kaku #1. I started the air layer in spring, shortly after it pushed the new leaves. Girdled the branch with a grafting knife, scraped the cambium layer off, and wrapped with moist sphagnum moss. Harvested the layer about a month ago and...
  18. J

    Looking for advice

    Hello all, I recently purchased these 3 Japanese Maples from a local nursery & had two main questions - how could I go about identifying the trees? They have some green foliage as well as some purple and red foliage on them & dark purple stems. My next question is when should I go about...
  19. j evans

    New Maple Air Layer

    I was messing around and wanted to shorten a maple that I have it is about 3.5 feet tall so I tried an air layer. I know my timing is suspect. I did the work at the end of July. After 1 month I can see several substantial roots. I figure I have about a month and a half before first will start...
  20. Caleb Campbell

    American hornbeam air layer

    Dug up a tall hornbeam in November of last year, and air layering the top section that had a bit of movement. Plan to post progression photos over the years, have it in a very shady spot 'till it cools down. Think it'll make a nice shohin when I chop down to one of those lower branches, or...
  21. J

    Odd Palmatum (Sango Kaku) air layering behavior??

    I'm lucky to have a rather large Palmatum in my backyard, and i started to air layer it this season. I took 6 air layerings to test how the tree responds. The tree has good genetics, roots rather quick and 5 of the air layers took, even the rather thick ones. However, the strangeness happened...
  22. Apex37

    Do Oriental Sweetgum Air Layer Well?

    I couldn't find a whole lot online and what I could find was about our American Sweetgum and people having little success with air layers. I have a decent amount of this trunk I'm planning to chop and thought I could possibly air layer it off. Anybody else have success with this or thoughts?
  23. R

    Once and for all — can Atlas Cedar be layered?

    Hello all, first post here. I have a Blue Atlas Cedar that I got as cheap sickly nursery stock a year and a half ago. I got it to full health last year and now have it in a pond basket coiled into quite a lovely extreme shape with some 5mm wire (cant ground grow atm). The tree is fairly young...
  24. T

    Recommendations for propagating young nursery stock

    Hi, new here and to bonsai in general. I just got a young trident maple and a dawn Redwood in the mail. Both are pretty tall for how thin the trunks are so I was considering airlayering both of them. Any recommendations on the best propagation method here? I've heard you can root cuttings of...
  25. K

    Growth rate many airlayers vs single plant

    Hey guys, Lately I've been quite obsessed🥴 with propagating japanese maple cultivars via air layers and being as efficient as possible at it, i.e. maximizing growth/gains. I keep wondering whether having many smaller plants of the same cultivar produces a generally higher amount of accumulated...
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