Air layering

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I've air layered rose bushes before with success. Using rooting hormone, peat moss and shrink wrap. I used a torch to heat up the shrink wrap quickly without harming the branch. This technique worked very well for me.

However this spring I'm going to go all out on our orchard. I ordered reusable rooting balls to make air layering easier.
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Our orchard needs some serious help. The apple trees are in bad shape. I want to see if I can clone them. One peach tree broke with the wind but even though, it's laying down on the ground, it still fruited. so I'm going to try and clone that also. Our pears are in great shape but I still would like to clone them to expand the orchard. I also have so other trees I would like to clone also. Hopefully these rooting balls will help.

Quick high-level how to on air layering.

Any experience with air layering? Or just feel free to chime in anyways.
 
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Some of the older varieties are hard to come by. Hope it works for you! I'm babying a couple young apple trees.... Goat killed another...my now gone houdini/fence busting buck. If weather doesn't warm too early, followed by cold or noreaster, the blooms may stay this year!!!!! It's a crap shoot! I'd love a crop of plums from that tree again. Weather, again.
 

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Some of the older varieties are hard to come by. Hope it works for you! I'm babying a couple young apple trees.... Goat killed another...my now gone houdini/fence busting buck. If weather doesn't warm too early, followed by cold or noreaster, the blooms may stay this year!!!!! It's a crap shoot! I'd love a crop of plums from that tree again. Weather, again.
Our Golden Delicious apple tree is in the worst shape. I could order a new tree but want to see if I can clone the existing one first.
 

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I've had good success with grafting. Have grafted pear, and apple. One apple was done on a seedling grown from a grocery store apple. I've also grafted some branches onto my existing apple trees. You can buy root stock from Fedco Trees, and other mail order nurseries. They sell common root stock varieties, as well as seedling stock, and scion wood. I f I had more room, I'd scour the countryside, looking for hardy wild trees, then take some seedlings from the base of them, and use them as my root stock. Grafting is super easy, and you will always find neighbors and friends who have a good tree that you can get some scion wood from. Needed tools: sharp knife or razor knife, electrical tape, and wax. I splurged and bought a new wax toilet ring. Nice soft wax, and that one ring will provide a life time of grafting for me.
 

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I've had good success with grafting. Have grafted pear, and apple. One apple was done on a seedling grown from a grocery store apple. I've also grafted some branches onto my existing apple trees. You can buy root stock from Fedco Trees, and other mail order nurseries. They sell common root stock varieties, as well as seedling stock, and scion wood. I f I had more room, I'd scour the countryside, looking for hardy wild trees, then take some seedlings from the base of them, and use them as my root stock. Grafting is super easy, and you will always find neighbors and friends who have a good tree that you can get some scion wood from. Needed tools: sharp knife or razor knife, electrical tape, and wax. I splurged and bought a new wax toilet ring. Nice soft wax, and that one ring will provide a life time of grafting for me.

Little woodworkers trick... That wax from the toilet ring is also great for driving screws and nails.
 
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