Air Layering

By. Lexi and Carter

Definition: Air layering is a method of propagating new trees and shrubs from stems still attached to the parent plant. The stem is wrapped with damp moss to encourage roots to form.

Subgroups: Layering

Plants this method is used on: - Long-Leaf Fig, Umbrella Tree, Cornstalk Dracaena

For air-layering you will need the following materials: Unmilled (long-strand) sphagnum moss, Tepid water, A container to hold water and sphagnum moss, A sharp, sterile knife, Toothpicks, Rooting hormone, Clear plastic, Twist ties.

Steps: 1) Soak the sphagnum moss 2) Cut the stem 3) Force the cut to stay open 4) Apply the rooting hormone 5) Support the cut stem 6) Prepare the plastic cover 7)Surround  the cut stem with Sphagnum moss 8) Provide a constantly moist  9) Return the plant to its usual growing location 10) Monitor the moister 11) When roots have formed remove the plastic 12) remove the toothpicks and twist ties 13) Pot up the air layering plant.

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