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Last spring I layers of two large cypress hinoki (see “Layer Hinoki Air”). I was not sure of the success of the project when I started and I’m uncertain today. So far the results are mixed.
Tree # 1
Tree # 2
Tree # 2 coats
How can the difference be explained? The layers takes about the same time and under the same basic technique. There were, however, two differences that stand out for me. One is the root hormone used. tree root number 1 received hormone liquid, while the shaft 2 received cloning gel. The different hormone could have made a difference, but I think the most important distinction is that the healthy tree is replanted in the bonsai soil last year, while tree 2 was still growing in a mixture of clay (from ball and burlap) and pure organic soil treatment. Since this is not a controlled study, I have no way of knowing to what extent, if any, these differences actually contributed to the results.
I took a look to see if the healthy tree roots sent, but I did not see any in the small point along the trunk, where I looked. That said, a friend who bought a hinoki from the same batch has detected a few tree roots in the air layered last spring. Although the roots are small, the tree is healthy. I’m not sure what type of hormone was used, but I do know that the tree was replanted and is growing in bonsai soil.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com