Air Layering a Wisteria

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Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » November 27th, 2014, 1:46 pm

Hi folks,
I had the opportunity to air layer a Wisteria yesterday. A friend of mine is going to cut the tree back so she spoke to me about it and asked if I would like to come and have a look. The tree is at least 25 years old, so I jumped at the possibilities it might have. The tree has some very nice movement in all the branches so it would have been a real wast had it just been cut down. I put on seven layers. There was good sap flow, the bark came away very easily. The tree has very rich colour in the flowers and it gets a couple of flushes of flowers each year. You can see the remains of a few flowers.

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby kcpoole » November 27th, 2014, 9:09 pm

Wisteria flowering this late is unusual.

You layers should have roots next week :-) :lol: :lol:
Ok the week after :-)

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » November 27th, 2014, 9:44 pm

kcpoole wrote:Wisteria flowering this late is unusual.

You layers should have roots next week :-) :lol: :lol:
Ok the week after :-)

Ken


Hi Ken,
I was quite surprised to see flowers still on the tree. The lady who owns the tree said she gives it a trim after the first flush of flowers and then she gets another lot of flower. It is going to be very interesting to see if I get flowers on the layers next year. By the way it could even be the week after that. :whistle: :whistle: :lol: :lol: :o :o

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » January 22nd, 2015, 8:47 pm

Hi Folks,
An update on how the layers are going.

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I purchased some new colanders last week and I'm in the process of making up some more mix. I will take the layers off next week and most probably put some more layers on. When these layers come off that will remove a substantial section of the tree on one side. I should be able to see where some more layers can go on.

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Hailun » January 22nd, 2015, 9:48 pm

Thank you I have an old one and was thinking of airlayering, will give it a go.
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » January 22nd, 2015, 9:54 pm

Henny wrote:Thank you I have an old one and was thinking of airlayering, will give it a go.
Can I post this to facebook on Penjing Study Group?

Hi Henny,
Yes, that's fine by me. If it helps someone that's great.

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Hailun » January 22nd, 2015, 10:14 pm

Thank you, it is a new page and all knowledge shared is good
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ryceman3 » January 23rd, 2015, 6:20 am

Nice work Ray,
Looks like you should add Wisteria to your list of favourite species, you're about to be the proud owner of a few nice ones!
Congrats mate :tu:
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Neli » January 25th, 2015, 1:49 am

Mine has some seeds so I have been waiting for them to ripen, but need to layer it also/ Waiting to see how it goes.
I ask lots of questions that sound like suggestions. Please remember I am a inquisitive newbie trying to figure out why You made a particular decision, in order to learn.
I started a blog:http://nelibonsai.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/how-to-select-material-from-a-nursery/
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Hailun » February 2nd, 2015, 10:31 pm

Ray here is the link to the facebook page
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or you can look up Penjing Study Group
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » February 3rd, 2015, 1:52 pm

Hi folks,
I removed four of the layers a few days ago. I will be going over there again this afternoon to put some more layers on the tree and see if any other layers can come off.

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When I removed the layers they went straight into a tub of Seasol. This allowed the layers to saturate. I brought the trees home to pot them and remove some of the foliage.

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The following are the trees planted and foliage reduced.

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby MOGGINATOR » February 3rd, 2015, 7:12 pm

can i ask what sort of soil you are using? are u buying it or making it?
I like gardening - it's a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » February 3rd, 2015, 9:26 pm

MOGGINATOR wrote:can i ask what sort of soil you are using? are u buying it or making it?


Hi Mogginator,
I make my own mix. I use Ray Nesci's potting mix, Zeolite, Perlite and Orchid mix.
Ray Nesci's mix is basically:
1/3 Compost - This is made from composting HARDWOOD SAWDUST
1/3 Pine Bark Fines
1/3 Coarse Sand - from my observation the sand is quite coarse, 2-3mm

My normal mix would be 10kg Ray's mix + two heaped double handfuls of Zeolite, then mix that 50/50 with Perlite. Basic mix.
Figs and Pines: Basic mix, mixed 50/50 with a good Orchid mix like Yates Orchid Mix. Figs and Pines love a very open mix.

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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby MOGGINATOR » February 3rd, 2015, 10:35 pm

thats cool im using the osmocote bonsai mix from bunnings i hope thats ok :S only a noob so trying to learn as much as i can as quick as i can
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Re: Air Layering a Wisteria

Postby Ray M » February 4th, 2015, 12:54 pm

MOGGINATOR wrote:thats cool im using the osmocote bonsai mix from bunnings i hope thats ok :S only a noob so trying to learn as much as i can as quick as i can


Hi Mogginator,
There are many formulas for bonsai mix. We are all learners, (or should be), so keep on experimenting, reading and giving it a go.

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