Air layering Crabapples

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Does anyone have any experience with air layering Crabapples? I have an old crabapple that has some low branches that need to be removed that are about 2 inches in diameter and I was wondering if anyone has taken layers this large.

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jeff
 

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Also, you want to make sure that there's really very little if any fruit above the layer; fruit really saps strength from the tree to begin with and combined with a layer could cause it to become too weak and die.
 

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HI Jeff,
Crabapples are easy! I've layered them up to 5" diameter.

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Does anyone have any experience with air layering Crabapples? I have an old crabapple that has some low branches that need to be removed that are about 2 inches in diameter and I was wondering if anyone has taken layers this large.

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jeff

Theres a question i don't have to ask

Crabapple here i come
 

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I always thought it was better to begin air-layering when the tree was fully leafed out. Graham said the best time was before the buds break ? ? ?
 

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Dave, the "best" time is when you have access and material to do the job. It can be done at anytime but I prefer before bud break to take advantage of the hormone rush when growth starts.
Wood
 

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Thanks for that information, Wood.

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Thanks for the info everyone. I'll get the grafting knife and moss out this weekend and get some started.

jeff
 

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