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  • Air Layering With Sand Experiment

    Started this experiment on 11/14/15 with a Valley Black. It was slower than other air layers I've done but works. Both were watered with a sprayer twice daily as I watered everything else.

    Re-potted one of them just a few minutes ago. Once getting started, taking pics was not a priority since I was in unknown territory. It had good roots and is now with a temporary bamboo splint to help it straighten up. maybe on the next one I can take more of the process since I'll be more comfortable with what to do.

    Pretty much, it was cut from the mother, lower leaves trimmed, sand washed gently out of cup with sink sprayer and set right into a grow bag with a hole in the sand and then sand gently washed in around the roots with the sprayer.

    The next to last photo of the root in side of cup was taken on 12/13/15.
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  • #2
    Looks great Charlie. Gotta love using sand.
    PPP
    Eatonton, GA zone 7b/8a

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    • #3
      That is fantastic Charlie! Most people would have let the side growth either go or just pruned it off.

      As always, you are an inspiration.
      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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      • #4
        Charlie you caught my interest on this one. I am going to give it a shoot. I ordered a 10 pack of 2 gallon grow bags from Home Depot (shipped free to store). Hope to stop by the local masonry supply this weekend to ask about coarse sand. Did you wound the side shoots for the air layer experiment?
        Bill - Long Island, NY 7a
        Wish List: Glacia Negra and any fig from Bari.

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        • Charlie
          Charlie commented
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          Hey Bill, no there was no wounding. You might also find it as filter sand. The sand plant calls it 10-20.

      • #5
        Bill, masons use primarily fine sand, you may have better luck at a landscaping sand and gravel place.
        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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        • #6
          Thanks for the tip.
          Bill - Long Island, NY 7a
          Wish List: Glacia Negra and any fig from Bari.

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          • COGardener
            COGardener commented
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            No worries.

        • #7
          You know, I think I've had my best success when I was rooting in a cup of sand inside a plastic bag when I first started. It was back in the beginning and I didn't really pay much attention; just fill the cup with the sand and cutting, water, seal in the plastic bag, and wait.

          You don't read about it much in the forums but I may have to try sand again.
          Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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          • #8
            The article that initially inspired my work with sand is http://www.gardeningoncloud9.com/201...g-propagation/

            I tested the wicking ability of it for the sand grow bags by putting some in a clear solo cup that had holes poked in the bottom and setting it into a plate of water. In a few days it had wicked up to four inches so that is the depth of the sand in the grow bags. It just seemed a good thing to try since sand is working well on the other projects. Once a cutting is put in and watered to settle the sand around it and put into a tray of water, it never dries out except right at the surface.

            For the air layering, since it has no tray of water and dries out rather quickly, they were sprayed twice daily.

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            • #9
              Sand air layer experiment is over. Got the other one moved and it just ran into another media experiment since I was mostly out of sand. Mixed some stuff together to do the up potting.

              This one had a bit more and better roots than the first. Washing the sand away with the sink sprayer over a bucket in the sink works like a charm. Even the tiny hair roots remain.
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              • #10
                Charlie, would you post a photo of your sand with a tape measure or ruler with 1 mm ot 1/32nd inch markings? Thanks.
                Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                  • Harborseal
                    Harborseal commented
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                    Now that's what I was imagining. Thanks.

                  • Charlie
                    Charlie commented
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                    You're welcome Bob.
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