[NAFEX] Layering not

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Feb 1 10:18:56 EST 2007

Years ago there was product sold that looked like very heavy black 
rubber tape with grains of coarse sand on the outside.  You were 
supposed to remove a ring of bark from a shoot and wrap the girdled 
area with the tape.  After a few months there was a large callus under 
the tape and you cut off the shoot just below that and planted it.  The 
callus would produce roots very quickly and grow.  I had some and used 
it on a number of plants, some of which are still growing here after 
nearly 40 years.  However, none of what I used the tape on was 
especially hard to root from cuttings, so I don't know if it was really 
effective or not.
The actual method you are describing sounds like a modification of air 
layering.  Air layering was a method used before grafting was common to 
reproduce favorite apple and pear trees, and it certainly would work on 
quince.  In those times a clay pot was used.  A shoot was fed through 
the drainage hole and cut or partly girdled, then the pot was filled 
with soil.  The wound made callus and rooted more readily so that by 
the end of the season the shoot was rooted and could be cut loose as a 
small potted tree.
-Lon Rombough
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On Feb 1, 2007, at 6:58 AM, rmelrose at danvilleVT.net wrote:

I have a `have you ever tried' question. Somewhere, unfortunately I do 
remember where, I read about a modified layering technique. Basically 
claim was that if one wraps a small branch (I think preferably low 
down) on
a woody plant in foil for a season it (so light is excluded but so that 
does grow out of the tip) it tends to revert to a juvenile state and can
then be rooted much more readily than a straight Fall hardwood cutting. 
certainly has a name which I have also forgotten.

As I say, has anyone actually tried this as a way to produce own-rooted
trees? I was thinking of trying it on quinces -- as an alternative to
grafting them.


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