Failed Ground layering - what now?

buddhamonk

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Late winter I ground layered an hedge maple - took off a nice ring of bark but did not put a wire around the top edge. Today I checked for roots cause the tree is growing like crazy but no roots around the top edge, just this "granulation", callous tissue growing there. I guess the layer failed - what now? take the whole thing apart and scrape everything off now, try again this year or leave it alone and try again next spring.

Manny
 

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The "granulation" you are mentioning are the cells that can develop into new roots. If you cut a new ring just below the callous part, the chances that it will produce roots are very good. Be careful to scrape off any trace of cambium.
 

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