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    Lardman is offline Sprouter
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    Episode 8, approx. 16 mins in.
    Had to beat the computer with a big stick to watch it but I got there in the end. Surprised to see it was only a tennis ball sized gadget, Id have thought more roots while attached would have been better.

    A little more gurgling this afternoon suggests that grafting them is easy too You can see where I'm going with this can't you
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    BUFFS is offline Early Fruiter
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    those plastic balls ,filled with a mixture of moss and compost, really moist, clip over the branch ,sealing in the moisture, allowing the new roots a good place to grow. I strip a 2ins length of the bark 3/4 of the way round and then clip the ball on, then its 6-8 weeks max until you can snip the new plant off, with some of the rooting balls you can see when you have roots. you end up with a ball of roots that need potting on and putting in a shady location while they get a chance to build up a viable system, the balls are big enough to do the job but not weigh the branch down..
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    Lardman is offline Sprouter
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    At last some good news from the garden (it's been in very short supply this year). I checked both air layers today and both are showing roots

    The one I stripped the bark from has the most and I could probably cut it away now but I'd best leave things for another couple of weeks, thin roots and fat thumbs aren't a good combination.

    I'm almost tempted to do a few more
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