[NAFEX] Layering not
tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 1 12:49:10 EST 2007
I also recall reading somewhere about the pre-wrapping technique for easier layering
or rooting of hardwood cuttings. The author called it blanching, I think.
Reasoning was that many of the "difficult to root" hardwood cuttings need a long
time to be convinced they are in soil, and these can be tricked by keeping the
desired root-producing section free of light for x# weeks-months before harvesting
I wrap young trunks of young fruit trees in foil for the winter, if they don't have
other rodent guard. Left on MM111 and Bud.118 too long, the foil will allow roots
to develop along the trunk!
A couple years ago I mounded up a multi-shoot OHxF rootstock which was 2 or 3 year
old wood then. This is an attempt at stooling, altho NAFEXlisters kindly pointed
out that mounding for stooling is better done on new shoots in their first growing
season. Haven't gotten around to digging this OHxF yet. Will dig this spring, if
only to report back to the list.
--- rmelrose wrote:
> Thanks Lon and Hans. I was thinking of this foil approach as a little
> easier than traditional airlayering as you describe -- which I have done
> long ago with houseplants. My problem is always time, and I thought that
> wrappying ten branches in foil in late winter (which as I remember is the
> suggested approach) would not take long! As I recall, injury and/or girdling
> were not suggested as part of the idea, just that the exclusion of light
> eventually induces a tendency to root. Of course it would be a full year
> between start and rooted cutting.
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