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My form of a air layer turorial in 12 photos.

1 - April 26 - Tried to remove 1 inch length of bark but couldn't so just cut off strips.  Pic not to good (too windy) but I think you can get the idea. No rooting hormone used.

2 - placed the air layer cup around the striped bark.  Got these air layering "cups" from Bass' website.  Yea, I know I could have used soda bottles but I wanted to support a fellow website member.

3 - packed the cup with damp spaghnum moss

4 - lid in place

5 - back up a bit to take this photo

6 - wrapped with aluminum foil to keep out the sun

7 - now you know why I was air layering this tree.....very lanky.

8 - plenty of roots on July 5  : )  I really didn't think this was going to work since I couldn't remove all the bark and with all the rain, many time the entire cup was at least half full with rain water.

9 - cup off, now you can get a good look at the roots, I cut off the bottom of the branch you can see in the photo

11 - cut this off since it was going to be at or below soil level

12 - branch gone

13 - finished product.  Will keep in a shaded area until new growth is seen.



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Very nice!  I thought the LSU Tiger had striped leaves?
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Phil,

No sir.  Striped figs maybe but not leaves.  Here's a photo of a LSU Tiger from last years LSU fig day.

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Thanks Steve, that looks good. I have some of those cups and they work fine and very easy to remove the root ball from with doing any damage.

Speaking of Tiger, I'm really impressed with mine this year. For a tree that I almost dug out, I must say that it is producing some great figs this season.
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Nice Steve, Im fixing to start another round of airlayers on my trees this morning when I get home. Some for back ups and some for memebers. I think I will try it this time with no rooting hormone though. Cant really see any advantage of hormone on fig airlayer.

I found a local nursery carring a variety just labeled as Tiger the other day. I assume its the LSU Tiger as the other varieties they carry are mostly LSU varieties along with the usual.

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Wow, that is a nice looking fig! 


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