Dear Izhar Bhai, I read in your article that you used rooting hormone. Could you please guide me from where can I get that in KARACHI, and how to apply that. Will appreciate ur reply on email@example.com.
I too have done air layering this week on three different camellias, a pear tree and a cherry, the latter two with a view for creating my own Bonsai. (as you can use interesting gnarled thicker stems to root and miniaturise the trees) I don't know what success I will have but I used sphagnum moss not compost (and black electricians tape not wire) as it is in plentifull supply in the UK. I do believe it takes upto 6 months to root in the UK climate.
After reading this thread I attempted air layering 3 plants yesterday. I had previously attempted to propagate all 3 of them through stem cutting but wasn't successful so am keeping my fingers crossed that this method might work although I didn't have rooting powder so haven't used it so am concerned a bit as well if I'll be successful in rooting these 3 plants or not.
First I air layered croton. Followed the procedure just like its mentioned in this topic,removed small chunk of bark from stem then wrapped damp potting mix around the peeled stem & then wrapped small plastic sheet around it and secured it using insulated wire that I pulled from discarded cat 5 lan wire. Followed the same procedure with red hibiscus & red ixora as well.
As is apparent from pics, my attempt didn't turn out nice & clean as Izhar's but still am waiting & hoping that it would be successful.
S. Ahmed, do not give up! I also posted on this forum when I air-layered roses. After that I have air layered so many things. You just have to find out what works for you. One suggestion, to increase the size of the soil ball. This helps keep in moisture and the sun's heat won't penetrate as deep as it would with a thinner ball. Apart from that, the plant you have selected for air-layering (croton I think), air layer quite easily. And this is the perfect weather to do so!