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  • Airlayer mistake

    So, I started this airlayer maybe a month and a half ago on one of my Hardy Chicago trees. I started it on a strong shoot that was right at ground level so it was a bit harder to see the roots than I would have liked. I saw a couple on the side of the plastic and decided it was time to remove the airlayer. I should have studied the rootball a bit closer since there are not nearly enough roots to support all of this growth. Do you think it will survive? Should I prune it? The good thing its that I have several more started and I will wait longer for each.
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    Brian
    Augusta, GA

  • #2
    More experienced people will chime in, but I would prune it to one leaf and treat it like a freshly rooted cutting.
    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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    • #3
      It should survive.
      Remove most of the leaves (leave the petioles on the branch they will fall in time) , leave only the top 1 or 2 and the growing tip, treat it like rooting a summer cutting.
      Good Luck.
      Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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      • #4
        I think you can save it. If it seems to struggle I would remove all the leaves except the top two to conserve water loss through evaporation and place it in shade until the roots establish.
        Randall - Gulf Breeze, FL. zone 8b. Wish list: Anything that "newnandawg" - Mike, ranks as an 8 out 10 or higher.

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        • #5
          I learn from WillsC that you must be patient and wait unti bag is jammed with root. Is hard to wait but the payoff in end is worth it.
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          • #6
            If that is all the roots that are in the pic I would do exactly as Pete said.
            newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

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            • #7
              Sure and keep it in a shady spot for a while. It should do ok.

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