For demonstration purposes only, Mauree Kimball is using a cutting. In actuality, the process is done to wood that stays attached to the plant. You can see the results of that at the bottom of the page.
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|Mauree Kimball says the sphagnum needs to soak for 30-45 minutes to get thoroughly wet.||She cuts around the wood at two points about an 1 1/2" apart. She has removed the leaves above and below the cuts.||A third cut is made so that the bark can be peeled away.||All the cambium is scraped off.||A handful of soggy sphagnum is clumped around the bare area. Rooting hormones are sometimes used.|
|Heavy duty aluminum foil is wrapped around the area and squeezed tight to seal in moisture.||Mauree says after 4-6 weeks the foil can be removed, the new plant cut away just below the roots and planted in a gallon pot.||The end result. Of course, this wood would be attached to a growing plant.||Bob tries his hand at it...||and so does Connie.|
|The results of some actual aerial layering at the next meeting - one was potted up 4 weeks earlier but this one kept for the follow-up meeting, just a little dry, is fine.|
|July 19th, three months later, and Mauree prepares to see the results.||Pruners in hand, she gets ready to cut just below the area covered by the aluminium foil.||She carefully removes the foil.||Success!! A tiny bit dry after three months, but plenty of roots and ready to pot. Four-six weeks is more likely ideal.|