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Black Mission Fig, San Fernando Valley, Southern California.

Uses only hormone, moss, and foil -- no plastic.

Works well for me.

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Outstanding video, Ken.  And welcome!
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Thanks, Frank!

I've been reading some of the posts here.  Seems like a nice place with great people.

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Welcome to the F4F forum Ken, enjoyed your videos ;)
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Welcome, Ken!
What hormone have you used?

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TechPac's RootBoost with Hormodin 1 
It works great but I suspect the folks who say no hormone is really necessary might be right anyway.  It might just be a matter of time / speed of rooting.

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Hello Ken, Welcome !!!!   Like this idea, for me I would be nervous that the Spagnum Moss may dry out on me. Will still try, may have good luck. Thanks for Posting.  (How did you add water...???? to make sure it didn't dry out)
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Thanks Ken. I tried that this season and it works just as well.
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Welcome, Ken.

Have you ever had problems with birds attacking your foil?  I used this method once on white sapote and the scrub jays tore up my foil.  I may try it a gain on a large caprifig on my neighbor's place I want to propagate (preferably with fruit still attached).

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Stupid squirrels.

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@armando: The foil is filled with very very wet moss to begin with -- so that a squeeze in the middle of the packet oozes water out each end.  The twine is tight but not excessively so.  The drying wouldn't result from leakage, I don't think, as much as from the roots using the water to do their thing.  I haven't ever added water, but if the root development took more than six weeks or so I would probably just use a needle and syringe or poke a turkey baster under the upper-end twine.

@James: Yeah, squirrels have been a big problem around here... until one of my neighbors put out a bait station with very weak anti-coagulant in it.  The squirrels have to feed on the stuff day after day before they go off and self-bury.  We have a lot of coyotes and wild cats around here so people tend not to use any poison that might kill one of the natural predators.  A couple years back, however, the whole neighborhood was swarming with them.  I tend to sprinkle cayenne pepper (powder) here and there to discourage squirrels and rabbits as well.

@HarveyC: I have several fake owls -- the ones with the heads that rotate with the shifting winds.  I suppose one way to discourage bird-pecking at the foil bundle would be to "whip" the bundle in the twine -- not so hard as to really squeeze it, but enough to frustrate the birds. 

Thanks, everybody, for the welcome and kind comments.

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Nice Video.  I love to air-layer.  I've never had it not work!  But, I don't use rooting hormone.  The plant seems to know to put out roots.  Works on grape vines too.

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Yes, I agree.

The moss is sort of a rooting hormone and, in some places, limbs left in contact with the ground root all on their own.

But since I've been using the hormone powder and have had a lot of success, I probably will keep using it until I run out and decide I'm too lazy to drive down to get more.

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Welcome to the forum, very nice video..
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Welcome to the forum!
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Welcome, Ken.  Cool video!
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Thanks, NYC.  I think I should have shown a picture of the root ball.  Live and learn, I suppose.

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UPDATE.

Both air layers are now out of their respective pots and in the ground.  One is in Austin Texas and the other is in Ojai California; both are doing well. 

We drove the Austin one back there as part of a vacation, so that small tree probably has seen more National Parks than any other mission fig tree.  


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Welcome to the forum Ken, enjoyed the video and your posts.
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Welcome to the forum!
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Update.

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I'm jealous of those figs. What I wouldn't do for a view like that! Nice instructional video!


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