Air layering a larch

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Air layering a larch

Post  Nik Rozman on Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi, I have quite a problem. I found a magnificent larch yamadori in the mountains. But because of it's complex root system it will be impossible to dig it out like this. So I was thinking; how about air-layering or maby even grafting smaller larix plants with their fine roots to the base of the big larix.
But I have never before done something like that on a larch, so I would be very happy for some advice and if it's even possoble. Has anyone done something like this before? As much info as possible...

Here's a photo of the larch that I'm talking abouth. Very Happy

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Air layering a Larch

Post  Herb Gustafson on Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:39 am

Beautiful tree. I would attempt to dig it. If you have access to the tree, I would cut pie-shaped wedges in and around the present root base and pack the spaces with Sphagnum moss and re-bury those areas. In two or three years of doing this in different places, you will have enough new rootage to safely dig the tree.
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Re: Air layering a larch

Post  Nik Rozman on Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:24 pm

thanks for your helpful reply. Smile Anyone else with some suggestions?

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Air layering a Larch

Post  dre cast on Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:33 pm

What kind of stone is this tree siting on?

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Post  Tony on Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:51 pm

WOW Nik it does look massive. Herbs Idea is what I would go with... simply digging the tree you may loose it and that would be a tragedy. Forget layering young trees to the old trunk, you would need to keep visiting the tree to ensure that they had not dried out.

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Re: Air layering a larch

Post  Nik Rozman on Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:39 pm

dre cast wrote:What kind of stone is this tree siting on?

No clue. IF there is a stone. I have not dug so deep te see.
I just saw there were a few masive roots going in seperate directions and they had no sideroots. Sad

Yeah Tony you're right. I'll rather try the other methood.

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