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Air Layering: My first attempt.

This is a discussion on Air Layering: My first attempt. within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; For the past few years, I've been trying to grow this Fillipino plant called : ...

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    Default Air Layering: My first attempt.

    For the past few years, I've been trying to grow this Fillipino plant called : Medinilla Magnifica without success.

    The first one came from a Nursery, and it was doing good (I had it planted where my orchids are now located) ...UNTIL... it rained and flooded. Then we moved to another house 12 miles away.

    Again I purchased another from the same Nursery. Planted it on the side of my balcony. Again it was doing good until ??? You got it ... Heavy Rains and the roof drains overflowed and guess where? Aaaargh.

    After the divorce five years ago, I moved back to the first house where I tried again.

    A small one (about 12") purchased from the internet. Too small and couldn't handle the change in environment ... planted it in a large clay pot .. but it died. So how come I can grow everything else but this dumb thing?

    I suggested previously to one of my neighbors to buy one from the original nursery which they did and here it is: ENVY!

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    The Nursery has gone out of business so we can't buy one anymore and no one else sells it.
    Soooooo, I got permission to try air layering and here it is. Hopefully it works.

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    Will let you know in 2-3 months. Wish me Luck!

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    Never heard of air layering. Hopefully it will work though. Let us know how it goes.

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    Cool! Learned air layering in school but haven't done it for years. All I really remember is to always do it at a joint and to cut through the bark but no deeper.

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    Good luck and do keep us posted!

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    Very nice, I love Medinillas.. But I think they only root from the nodes where the branches meet, or where the leaves previously were. Not sure if they will root from the internodes of the stem.

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    These like to be relatively dry between waterings. The rain likely was the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paphioboy View Post
    Very nice, I love Medinillas.. But I think they only root from the nodes where the branches meet, or where the leaves previously were. Not sure if they will root from the internodes of the stem.
    I believe you may be right and that I may have to do it again. I saw them do this on You Tube but didn't pay particular attention where they were doing it. Being from Malaysia, I'm sure that you would know more.

    However, I've also read somewhere that you can grow cuttings by dipping it into rootone and planting it at that point.

    What are your thoughts on this? Please advise

    Mahalo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yug View Post
    These like to be relatively dry between waterings. The rain likely was the problem.
    I'm sure you're right, but I'm puzzled by the small one I had in a large clay pot.

    Perhaps I'm not using the right medium? I had it in about 75% perlite and 25% top soil. Maybe I should have used small orchid mix?

    The people who bought the above just planted straight into the ground, north facing with a little slope so drainage is very good.
    However it's exposed to all the elements being protected only by a couple of banana trees.

    I don't know what you know about Kauai and perhaps it's because he's at a higher elevation: Kalaheo vs Lihue?
    Seems like I've read somewhere that they prefer cooler temps? I'm fishing at this point.

    Any suggestions are welcome. Mahalo

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    What I know is that Kaua'i is very wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kauaiguy View Post
    I believe you may be right and that I may have to do it again. I saw them do this on You Tube but didn't pay particular attention where they were doing it. Being from Malaysia, I'm sure that you would know more.
    I'm afraid I don't really know all that much. I've only every grown and rooted cuttings of the small one, but several types can be found in the local nurseries.

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