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Offline Holdmydrpepper

Best time to start airlayer
« on: August 03, 2021, 04:02:03 PM »

I live in East Texas.  It's hot, humid, and 100% Texas right now.  It's the beginning of August and fig cutting season is just a few months away. 

When would be the best time to airlayer in this climate?
Should I use peat, coco coir, or a potting mix? 


Edit:  I have watched TONS of videos from JSacadura and the Millennial Gardener, both channels are a wealth of knowledge and well put together.  They just don't elaborate on when to start air layers.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2021, 04:06:10 PM by Holdmydrpepper »
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Re: Best time to start airlayer
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2021, 05:44:43 PM »
Hi Jack,
     I believe late winter or early spring will be the best time for you to air layer a fig plant.   You want to do this when the plants are putting their energy into green growth.   Now, they may be focusing on fruit production and ripening.    And, in TX, you now have high heat that might dry out the media in your air layer bottle, bag, or rooting ball too quickly.   Just my two cents.
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Re: Best time to start airlayer
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2021, 09:36:07 PM »
This makes so much sense, especially for South Carolina, which is almost as hot as Texas. LOL. Thanks for sharing this. It is sometimes difficult to decipher the best  advice when there are so many Youtubers and such sharing so many different practices and philosophies.
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Re: Best time to start airlayer
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2021, 07:03:17 PM »

To add to what John said.  If your tree is not producing figs and you have it in a pot, move it to a shady area and go for it, you just have to check to make sure the media does not dry out by adding water. 

As for what media to use: all of the ones you mentioned are good.  I have used potting and coco coir but only cause I have not bought any peat.  If you have any other questions please ask and check John's posts on air-layers. 
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Re: Best time to start airlayer
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2021, 07:09:14 PM »
Hey Jack,

I just started air layering a month ago.  One air layer has quite a few roots.  I have pictures on another post.  Check the pictures and as deerhunter16 John mentioned in the thread and showed his current air layer - there are a lot of roots.  So I will still leave mine to produce more roots. 
John (opiem10) did very extensive step-by-step instructions on how to air layer in the posts.  Just check through them.  Or ask questions, everyone here is so helpful.
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