Airlayering a big field maple (acer campestre)

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Airlayering a big field maple (acer campestre)

Post  Herbert A on Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:25 pm

Hi

2011 i bought a big field maple on the exhibition in Hallein/Austria.



Here are some Pictures after defoliation in autumn 2011.









On this picture you can see the Problem. The tree has a inverse taper. If i cut the two old roots the tree has a ugly cut, that never heals. So the best is, i airlayer the tree.





It happens sometimes by airlayering on old trees, that they don´t make new roots the first year. So let´s see if he has done new roots.



As feared the tree only made callus but no roots. So this is not a problem he will make roots next year.

At controlling the tree in autumn 2013 he made new roots.



I hope that i can plant the tree in spring in a new pot.

This is the vision of this tree in a few years. I will cut back the crown of the right trunk if the tree is strong and healthy again.



I hope you enjoy.
Herbert Aigner

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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:20 pm

A another interesting post from you Herbert Smile 

I will look forward to follow your tread, and see what you make of the good material.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: Airlayering a big field maple (acer campestre)

Post  -Daniel- on Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:59 am

Interestingly, as all your work, congratulations! Very Happy 

Can I ask where do you live in Austria? In which country? I attend a lot of the 'austria, Spittal, Villach, Klagenfurt, fantastic cities! thumbs up 

Good work, Daniel lol! 

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Re: Airlayering a big field maple (acer campestre)

Post  Herbert A on Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:12 am

Thank you for your comments.

Your compliments are a Little bit too early. The tree is only at the beginning of its development.

@ Daniel
I am from Salzburg.

regards
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Post  -Daniel- on Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:19 pm

Thanks Herbert, also large and beautiful city of Salzburg, sometimes I go to visit her. Bagpiper 

I wish you a good bonsai, thumbs up 

hello Daniel ThumbsUp 

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Post  Herbert A on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:36 pm

it is time for a update.

In spring 2014, two years after beginning to airlayer this tree, it is time to have a look if the tree made enough new roots. And if he made them arround the trunk.



What a surprise. It seems as if the tree made not enough roots.

Take away the soil. Ok, good tree. This are enough roots. On the soil a made a plastic so that the new roots cann not grow between the old one.
Now i know it was a good idea.



After washing out the roots i was satisfied.



Now i could cut some old roots.



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Post  Herbert A on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:44 pm

With the saw I could not continue . I would have demaged too many new roots.



So i had to remove the Wood with a machine.


Now the trunk is flat on the bottom and the tree can be planted in an pot.



I think this are really enough roots :-)



The tree fixed in a Mica-Pot.



be continued

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Post  Herbert A on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:53 pm

In Summer 2014 the tree did not grow very well. It was the first year after removing de airlayering. And the summer 2014 was very very wet in Austria. A lot of rain during the whole summer. So the tree had also two times problems with fungus.

So i let him another year in the Mica-Pot. Hope i can plant him next year in an nice pot.

But the tree is so healthy that i can make further steps to make a bonsai.

November 2014




January 2015


Time to wire and make the deadwood.






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Reduce the right trunk.



Acer campestre. Hight 80 cm.



Hope you enjoy it

Herbert Aigner




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Post  Leo Schordje on Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:49 pm

Wow, this is coming along nicely. Well done. In very few years this will be worthy of exhibition.

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Post  leatherback on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:14 am

This looks really good. {giving me hope for my fall-collected stump}

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Air layering

Post  Talladale on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:57 pm

I've just posted a question about doing something very similar to an old yew. You have inspired me! Thank you.

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Post  Herbert A on Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:06 pm

@ Leo The way to a Exhibition takes a long time. :-) But the frist steps are done.

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Post  Precarious on Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:07 pm

Thank you for the time spent putting the entire sequence together. It is a nice learning tool.

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Post  Guest on Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:56 am

Hi Herbert

Good job so far Smile

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Herbert A on Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:21 am

In March 2015 it was time to repot the tree and to select the roots. Too much roots dont make a good nebari.





So the first important steps are done. Now the time works to make a good Bonsai of this Acer.



Hope you enjoy.
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Re: Airlayering a big field maple (acer campestre)

Post  kevin stoeveken on Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:08 pm

very informative progression !!!

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Post  steveb on Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:24 pm

I really like this progression series. I normally give up on an air layer on maples after one year. I now know differently. Also, I like your setup with the plastic pot/ring. I've never seen that before. I have a Zelkova that I plan on setting up just like this in the spring. Thanks!

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