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Air Layering

Air layering is an old method used to propagate plants.

It is useful for propagating a few plants of relatively large size for special purposes.

Some tropical trees that are difficult to root from cuttings are still propagated by this method.

Steps for making an air layer include:

  1. Girdle stem.
  2. Remove several leaves around wound.
  3. Pack area with moist sphagnum or peat moss.
  4. Cover moss with polyethylene plastic and tie each end.
  5. Check to make sure moss remains moist until roots form.
  6. After roots are visible inside the bag, the rooted stem can be cut from the mother plant and potted.

Reflective foil or black plastic may be used to protect the rooting area of the layer.

Air layers are usually made on stems from the previous season’s growth. Best results are from shoots with several leaves on stems that are actively growing.

Air Layering Air layering is an old method used to propagate plants. It is useful for propagating a few plants of relatively large size for special purposes. Some tropical trees that are