Is it the wrong time to air layer japanese maples?

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Is it the wrong time to air layer japanese maples?

Post by alexm » January 1st, 2020, 9:20 pm

I have two japanese maple bonsai and would like to grow more. Is it the wrong time of year or too hot in Sydney at the moment to do air layers?

Also, one of them was sold to me as a bloodgood variety - are air layers successful on them?

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Re: Is it the wrong time to air layer japanese maples?

Post by TimS » January 2nd, 2020, 4:35 am

I would say it’s probably too late now. if you did it now it will likely sit there until next Spring anyway so you may as well just wait and do it then IMO.

My layers that are successful in one season are generally the ones done in Spring, after the first leaves have hardened off. It does depend on other factors too like different cultivars and thickness of the stem too (thicker seems to work better in my experience.

I don’t know about Bloodgood, I don’t grow it, but give it a try and see what happens next Spring
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Re: Is it the wrong time to air layer japanese maples?

Post by alexm » January 2nd, 2020, 2:31 pm

Thanks TimS for the advice. I will wait till next spring and then give them a go because I need to cut the branches off anyway to get some taper.

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Alex

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