Q: What is an air-layered plant?
A: Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.
Benefits of the air-layering:
- - making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- - taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
- - creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings