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Re: [nafex] Re: airlayering and alternatives

I've seen a propagating tip offered on one of the gardening/plant 
propagation websites, which the poster indicated would work with virtually 
all woody plants, though I'm certain that timing will be different for some 
species than others.
In essence, this procedure entailed making a stab incision completely 
through the center of whatever limb/twig you intended to root, inserting a 
toothpick to hold the wound 'open', and allowing about two months for 
callus formation.  The person who offered this technique indicated that she 
performs this operation around 15 Aug to 15 Sept., then after two months 
have passed, she detaches the limb/twig, dips in rooting hormone and sticks 
it in a coldframe, to root over the winter.
She claims this will work with any woody plant, but I've not tried it yet 
on any oaks, pecans, or hickories, which are notorious in their resistance 
to attempts at rooting from cuttings.  Maybe next year.

I suppose one could perhaps, shortcut it and do a routine airlayer of a 
branch prepared in this manner.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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