22/05/19 - and we have roots! There is enough here to separate this branch now from the parent, so I’ve cut the stem just below the lowest root, and potted up in a suitable potting mix for Ficus. And now I have two plants 😄 and the original will just branch off at the nodes below the cut made.
Isn’t it Lily? 😄 I’ve seen it before in books but never thought about trying it myself. I’ve got some on the go outdoors too for rhododendrons, although they need extra tape as need to stop excess rain water getting inside the area @waterlily
22/05/19 - Air Layering, on a Ficus elastics 'Robusta' - this is a way of propagating a plant while it continues to grow in its normal environment. It relies on the generation of adventitious roots at an area where damage is caused, and then when roots form that branch can be separated off from the mother plant. Here, I’ve taken off the outer layer of bark on the main stem 50% of the way round, exposing the cambium layer just under the surface.
The area is then surrounded with moist sphagnum moss held in place around the stem with bubble wrap and sealed both top and bottom with tape. The plant can then be left in the room it normally lives, and roots will eventually form inside the bag. Depending on the environmental conditions, this can take 3-6 months. I think I did this originally around February.