A: Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.
Benefits of the air-layering:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
- creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings
Vigorous upright tree of hemispherical shape, a heavy... more
Litchi chinensis - Lychee Brewster, Air-layered
Vigorous upright tree of hemispherical shape, a heavy producer planted commercially. The fruit is medium sized, deep red, with excellent taste. You've eaten Lychee no doubt in Chinese restaurants. Under the brittle crimson skin, the flesh is pearly white, sweet and jelly-like, though firm. It is eaten fresh or sun-dried (Litchi Nuts) or canned in syrup. It is a good source of vitamin C and phosphorous. Pick up only
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