Air Layering Japanese Maples

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Air Layering Japanese Maples

Post  Lee Brindley on Fri May 18, 2012 6:13 pm

Is it possible to Air layer cultivated Japanese maple varieties (I am planning on Acer palmatum dissectum)? I realise that they are normally grafted to a more vigorous root stock, but are they capable of surviving off their own root system?


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Post  John Quinn on Fri May 18, 2012 6:24 pm

I have air-layered Coral Bark Japanese Maple, Sango kaku and both trees are doing great. I have not layered the dissectum variety, however.

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Post  marcus watts on Fri May 18, 2012 7:33 pm

hi,
As garden trees with long root run many do ok. it is in pot culture that many varieties end up as weaker specimens though as they generally have a harder life and need to withstand root pruning, up and down moisture levels, cold roots in winter etc.

The growth patterns of a load of red ones done at my local bonsai nursery was poor - long sparse nodes and thin weak roots - they lived to about yr 3 but never came to much and used to lose branches very readily. I guess you are doing disectum as a garden tree though?, and taking it from another garden tree so try it, nothing to lose after all. They arent that great as bonsai really - but make beautiful landscape specimens.

good luck

Marcus

As John says some 'proper' varieties are on their own roots a lot and do great - add kiyohime, shishigashira and mikawa yatsubusa to Johns varieties - all are proven. I think it is the reds and very delicate disectums that are the weak ones.

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Post  Lee Brindley on Sat May 19, 2012 7:37 pm

Thanks gents. I have given it a go and will see what happens.

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Post  Rick36 on Sun May 20, 2012 11:33 am

Hi Lee. I just finished reading www.burncoose.co.uk/site/page.cfm?page_ref=how to....acers, which may help. Good Luck.

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