Air Layering Elms?

SilentMouse

Sapling
Messages
27
Reaction score
16
Location
Eaton County, Michigan
USDA Zone
5b
I've found a very...strange elm in my yard this fall. Or well, I've signaled it out as an elm of some sort, which in general seem to be very good for bonsai.

My hope is to air layer it because it has clearly been cut WAY down to a stump in the past and threw out many suckers. The base of it is very ugly and beat up on. Full of scars and kind of rotting to make a hollow. It's branches are MUCH more attractive with lots of movement and natural taper. They are all very thick already in most places. So if I can skip trying to dig the thing out of the ground and air layer instead, that is is very preferable.

The big question I have would be what time would I have most success? I've heard Elms, in general, air layer well, but not when would be the best time to do it? As well as an idea of about how long I can expect to wait for roots to grow. That information would be very helpful!
 

cmeg1

Masterpiece
Messages
4,020
Reaction score
4,768
Location
Southeast Pennsylvania USA
USDA Zone
6b
Location?
Oh Michigan...Spring or early Summer when first flush has hardened.......Some do very early Spring instead,so see who chines in.
 

sorce

Nonsense Rascal
Messages
27,373
Reaction score
36,859
Location
Berwyn, Il
USDA Zone
6.2
How is more important than when.


Sorce
 

leatherback

Imperial Masterpiece
Messages
7,449
Reaction score
11,798
Location
Northern Germany
USDA Zone
7
Sounds to me like the base *might* be what would draw me in.

I second the

I do all my airlayers when the plants are actively growing, up until late summer. This year I am trialling what happens if you prepare the layer site in winter with a few of my plants.
 

Similar threads

Top Bottom