About a month ago I started air layering a branch of one of my Japanese maples.
I had no idea how long that’d take, and didn’t know how long to wait before I could peek, but it got taken out of my hands.
Yesterday we had rain and wind, and apparently that made the top of the shoot too heavy, and it broke. Now, it broke where I’d cut into the wood and would have cut the top part off – after there’d been enough roots to plant it somewhere.
So, well, time to check how it’s doing.
I put a freezer bag over the whole thing to keep the air around it humid, and put it in a place without direct sun so in its mini greenhouse it won’t burn up. I figure the chances are better than with a plain cutting, since there are roots starting to grow, whose tips presumably can absorrb water and nutrients as they should, but we’ll see.
Anyway, the principle works, so one of those days I’ll start on one of the dissectum varieties. (wikipedia photo, for the curious.)