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5263 Macadamia nut var. Arkin Papershell (Macadamia integrifolia), air-layered?
What is air-layered plant
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
The Arkin Papershell variety is best known for its easy to open shell. Each nut has a small slit that can easily be cracked open. It bears well here in Florida. Delicious fresh nut, may be roasted and salted. Tolerates all Florida soils. Plant likes lots of water, will live through some flooding, as well as some drought once established. The most delicious sweet nuts! Arkin Papershell has sharp-toothed leaves.