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tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  MrFancyPlants on Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:25 am

I had some good luck using a wire tourniquet to facilitate radial root development on some volunteer elm seedlings. I was curious whether or not this method works on some other species, specifically:

ginkgo biloba-

ficus benjamina- (I assume so and will find out next summer if it worked.)

Acer palmatum-

pinus strobus- (Curious in general w pines, although for my strobus I am only targeting the remnant of a tap root w/ whirl of active roots that could be safely whacked in a year or two.)

Lagerstroemia indica?(crepe myrtle)-

Casuarina equisetifolia-

I know that is a lot of species to ask, but as it turns out, most of my nebari are challenged Sad


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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  GerhardGerber on Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:45 am

Hi

I was meaning to ask the same about:

Ginkgo biloba

and Laughing

Prunus cerasifera

Both nursery stock that needs to go into development pots soon.

I've used a wire touriquet on Ficus benjamina var Natasja with success, apart from the fact that it was quite an issue to get the wire out when I last repotted.

Cheers
Gerhard

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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  MrFancyPlants on Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:38 pm

I figured Ficus would be a safe bet. And unless I hear otherwise I'll give the tourniquet method another shot on the ginkgo this coming spring.

Thanks,
David

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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  GerhardGerber on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:54 am

From previous reading I'm not that worried about the Gingko, sounds like they're pretty tough, but the Prunus is a worry for me since I killed 3/5 smaller ones during potting.

With ficus I've only ever gone wrong by root-pruning and potting in a very organic mix which led to root rot, since then I plant them in straight river sand after any heavy root work.

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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  AK_Panama on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:16 pm

Instead of wire tourniquet, try pushing it through a CD...that way the grounlayer will root on top of the cd and be flat & radial!

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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  fredman1 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:39 am

I want to use this method on a Bald Cypress. Can anybody tell me how successful it will be?

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Re: tourniquet method for radial roots

Post  Jkd2572 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:14 pm

No one can tell you how successful it will be, but in my experience BC are like weeds and can take some crazy abuse.

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