Air Layering an Acer Shirasawanum

This acer, which had been growing in a large pot in my garden for many years was transferred to a bonsai pot 2 years ago. It doesn’t have a very attractive root base, so today I decided to air layer it with a view to improving it .

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Here is a photograph of my garden from 2005, which shows this tree sitting in the foreground.

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This next picture was taken half way through the process and highlights the unattractive root base quite well.

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The cut is surrounded with fresh sphagnum moss and covered with bubble wrap. I will monitor the progress closely for the remainder of the season and cut it off early next year if all goes to plan.

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