Bougainvillea Air Layer Prospect

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I'm thinking of air layering the curvy section of this Bogi. Anyone ever air layered a bougainvillea and have any advice. Any chance I could just cut out and plant? Any chance I could cut out and plant upside down? I actually think it would look better with the top down and bottom up but this may not be possible.
The foliage mostly hangs over the wall so I don't think my parents will miss just one little branch.

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There's one hell of a trunk down there... dig it.
I would like to but I better not. I actually have a big Bougi that is probably a little better the this one so I don't feel the need to dig this one up. I was hoping to get a nice Literati style tree out of that branch.
 

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We often learn by doing. You have several trunks just pick a couple and use your best judgement on a couple. Let us know how things progress.
 

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Think about how it will eventually be planted...as to the exact air layer is done. They are to root rather well. But I can see your wishing to have a better chance at success. Good luck with this project.
 

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My Bougie air layered failed so can't help there but it is of a similar thickness to your and I think I will just chop it and whack it in a pot and hope it grows.
I'm annoyed as now it has shown it's colour and it is different to all the others I have, at least you can take cuttings.
 

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We often learn by doing. You have several trunks just pick a couple and use your best judgement on a couple. Let us know how things progress.
I can tell you I will learn either by success or failure. I will probably chop at the top black line this year and wait for buds to pop and get some branching going. I will then air layer next spring. I will take some of what I cut out and have a few "sticks in a pot" and see what happens.
Think about how it will eventually be planted...as to the exact air layer is done. They are to root rather well. But I can see your wishing to have a better chance at success. Good luck with this project.
I know what mean about where the exact air layer will take place. I need to figure out the planting angle so I locate the layer in a location where the trunk looks natural as it exits the soil.
 

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