Airlayering a Korean Hornbeam

RogueFJ

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Has anyone had any experience airlayering Korean Hornbeams? I found a nice tree at nursery and wanted to try this technique. Any thoughts or suggestions? :)
 

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Any one know if KHB can be airlayered? (not now...this is fro spring time ;) )

My first KHB is a bit taller than my preference and the top is nicer so I want to concentrate on that. What is left will still be used but it is a straight pole. Want to make sure it will take...don't want to destroy the tree if not.

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It's funny you posted this now, as I just purchased a very large A. palmatum 'Shishishagira' with the intent of using air layering to create 4 to 5 trees from it. Every Shishishagira I've seen has been grafted and I can't find any reference to successful layering this particular cultivar. Anyway, I'm going to cross my fingers and perform the layer(s) next spring as the material is useless as bonsai in its current state.
 

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W/o any response, the outlook seems bleak. I will hold off on mine if I do not get a positive report since the tree is workable as it is and a failed airlayer will definitely destroy the tree.

Please share your experience/outcome later.

Thanks!
 

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It's funny you posted this now, as I just purchased a very large A. palmatum 'Shishishagira' with the intent of using air layering to create 4 to 5 trees from it. Every Shishishagira I've seen has been grafted and I can't find any reference to successful layering this particular cultivar. Anyway, I'm going to cross my fingers and perform the layer(s) next spring as the material is useless as bonsai in its current state.
Shishigashira Air layer: Looks like a standard air layer will work:
http://bonsaitonight.com/2013/02/08/air-layering-shishigashira-at-bib-meeting/

Not sure about Korean Hornbeam though
 

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I found some successful hornbeam airlayers through Google but no specific KHB airlayers. I'm going to try one next spring on a non essential trunk of some KHB stock. If no one chimes in here I can report back with results.
 

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I found some successful hornbeam airlayers through Google but no specific KHB airlayers. I'm going to try one next spring on a non essential trunk of some KHB stock. If no one chimes in here I can report back with results.
Please do. Thanks!
 

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I can't imagine that it wouldn't work. What would make KHB different, it's just a D tree after all, I've never really heard of D trees not being readily airlayered. No experience either way with KHB, but I don't know what would make it so different.
 

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I can't imagine that it wouldn't work. What would make KHB different, it's just a D tree after all, I've never really heard of D trees not being readily airlayered. No experience either way with KHB, but I don't know what would make it so different.
You know I am a bit on the adventurous side with my trees but having only 2 KHB I am a bit more cautious. This is also not a bad tree...though it can be better, I don't want to ruin it. Just makes me wonder since I haven't seen anyone reported a KHB air layer yet. There must be a reason.
 

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Just makes me wonder since I haven't seen anyone reported a KHB air layer yet. There must be a reason.
We don't see nearly as many Korean Hornbeams as we should.
 

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I can't imagine that it wouldn't work. What would make KHB different, it's just a D tree after all, I've never really heard of D trees not being readily airlayered. No experience either way with KHB, but I don't know what would make it so different.
I have never heard of Quercus airlayering. There has to be more... Dogwood? hmmm
 

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Found this. http://www.bonsai-bci.com/files/Hornbeam.pdf
"Propagation: From seed. Fresh seed in fall is best - sow immediately. Otherwise, seed must be cold treated and planted in late winter. Seed which has been dried may need up to a year to germinate. Murata warns that it is difficult to get viable seed from C. japonica, as there is little overlap in flowering time between the male and female flowers. May also be propagated by cuttings and air layering in spring."

http://guide.makebonsai.com/bonsai_species_guide_propagation.asp?SpeciesID=5068&Name=Korean_Hornbeam
"Air Layering:
The correct time to do this is in the spring as the buds are ready to open use ring barking for best effect."

http://www.bonsaitoolchest.com/download/hornbeam.pdf
 
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