Air Layering


Propagating plants by air layering.


  1. I just watched another video on this and it was so long and boring.. You’re
    video is WAY better! Thanks!

  2. Usually there will be one or more shoots that emerge from near the end of
    the section that is left on the tree or shrub. This depends partly on the
    species of plant you are air layering. If nothing resprouts you can always
    prune it back to where it joins another branch.

  3. Would this technique work for a pecan tree? If so, when would be the best
    time of year to perform this technique in Zone 8 (South Mississippi) on a
    pecan tree?

  4. Skip, My dracaena has grown horizontally about 6 feet. Can I air layer at
    more than one spot on this 6 foot length? Any advice? Diane Graham

  5. elcherry, you can do the air layer almost any time. I would avoid freezing
    weather. I have not tried doing one in the middle of summer so since it is
    not blazing hot in Phoenix you may want to make sure and shade the air
    layer and also wrap it in aluminum foil to reflect any light and some of
    the heat. If it doesn’t succeed just try air layering again in early fall.

  6. you did not remove the cambium, is it okay? Some are saying that if you
    dont remove the cambium the bark will grow back again and not roots

  7. @TheMafiaHernandez – Yes, marcottage is an older term for “air-layering”.
    That term has fallen from use and more dictionaries don’t even list it!
    Thanks for watching the videos!

  8. Skip, is there a time of the year that works better than others to start
    the air-layering process? I’m planning to do this with my pomegranate tree,
    in Phoenix.

  9. hey skip i recently bought a Schefflera Arboricola and i am in need of your
    assistance with propagating of my new plant

  10. @graycam Does it work on pines? Because it’s imposible to propagate from if it works with aer layering it’s cool

  11. Yep, I like spagnum too, and I cheat a little with bigger plants and put a
    tiny amount of rooting hormone powder on the bigger woodier plants I’m air
    layering. I’ve had great results!

  12. This may work for a peach tree but I think it is most likely that you will
    have trouble getting it to root. Make sure and use a rooting hormone if you
    try. Also peach trees are grafted onto roots so if you rooted one it will
    not have the attributes of a grafted tree’s rootstock such as resistance to
    nematodes. But if you have the space to try it out go for it!

  13. @skiprgarden Temperature rarely goes below 2C in the winter..and maybe for
    few days at night..usaly it’s around 10 night and 20 day…we have still
    warm temp. 28C day … i hope till it gets cold it will produce roots..

  14. Hello :) My mom has a rubber plant thats over 4 ft tall – and she cuts of
    the little branches for me and puts them in water … when they root ( i
    leave it rooting in the water for 3 months ) and then put to soil – i’ve
    been very successful and have very beautiful 3 rubber plants :) to me i
    think it depends on how healthy the plant is.

  15. The cambium is actually a very thin layer of cells. In most cases when you
    remove the outer bark in the technique described in this video the cambium
    is significantly disrupted and rooting will occur just fine. If you wanted
    to gently scrape the inner bark surface to remove any remnants of the
    cambium that is fine but not necessary.