Creating an air layering cutting for a room tree.

 Having a small tree in a room, as a centerpiece, focal point, or accent, is a fairly simple and elegant interior design aspiration to implement, according to taste. It can give a room a formal feel, as an uncommon sort of feature that guests and visitors would encounter, at this point in time (Winter, 2021 A.D.).

Whereas, in many climates, winter would ostensibly equate to a dormancy period in much of the vegetative plant growth and forestry, whether it be civic accommodations of plant life, lining the streets, or our nations’ local, state, or federal parks, here, in Los Angeles, CA, and in surrounding areas, we experience a fairly mild winter; here, the lows had recently gotten to about 46° Fahrenheit. This affords us an opportunity to appreciate a much broader range of plants, from all of the seven continents, with a specialty towards hosting plant life from sub-tropical and Mediterranean sorts of climate conditions. 

As I was traversing the lands, here, in greater Los Angeles, recently, I happened upon a particularly well-planted area, full of lush lawns, large trees, wet dirt, with irrigation systems in place, and the shrubbery, for example, well-maintained. I came across a set of eucalyptus trees, and one of them had large, healthy sucker growth, by the base of the tree. It reminded me of one of my former interior design settings in which I procured some curly willow branches, as well as my “back home” pomegranate tree, of which I duplicated the tree by doing an air layering. 

An air layering is a quite simple asexual reproductive method in botanical science, in which a low-laying sucker (an “upshot” new growth from the base of a large tree), or any wooded, slightly aged branch of a tree, for that matter, could be employed for the sake of establishing roots on the branch, or sucker, that it were, by slicing a cut in to the branch, and bagging up the branch with moist potting soil, or dirt. Adding some sparse nutrient and rooting solution helps out with spurring the root’s growth in to place. 

All it takes is slicing the young, yet wooded growth of the branch, perhaps a quarter inch in to the branch, and then tie a bag of moist potting soil around the cut and the branch. Within several weeks, or so, check back on the air layering to see if it had given roots out in the dirt within the bag. Once sufficient root growth has been established, you can remove the air layering by cutting it off, below the root system. Make sure to establish a clean cut, so that the young new tree does not establish rot around the root system and base of the tree. 


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