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Air Layering – For Dummies, By A Dummy

I want peach trees.  My dad has a few nice sized peach trees.  I’m a tightwad.

So I decided to air layer.  Now my dad might not be too happy I’m slicing on his trees but I found a sucker growth that has to be removed and works well so I’ll take you through the steps and hope in a few months I have two new peach trees.

Sorry about the lack of explanation.  I don’t have a lot of free time right now.   (Steps may not match pictures).

1.  Gather supplies – peat moss, knife, rooting compound, saran wrap, black garbage bags, zip ties, water.

2.  Cut and remove the woody outer layer of bark from the entire circumference about 4-6″ in length.

3. Wet and coat lightly with rooting compound.

4.  Put a clump of moss on a piece of plastic wrap and wet.

5.  Place the moss/saran wrap bandage around the wound and cover it well. 

6.  Zip tie the bandage into place.

7.  Cover with a garbage bag and zip tie it into place.

8.  Wait 3-4 months.

9 comments to Air Layering – For Dummies, By A Dummy

  • Dan

    how about explaining with words what you are doing

  • Dan

    also don’t most suckers come from root stock?

  • Ilene

    words would be a big help..(at least, for some of us dummies)  thank you very much.

  • ilene

    Thank you very much! Your explanations are a big help. 
    Much appreciated, Ilene

  • Jason

    Some trees root sucker which is a complete new tree from a root bud.  A lot of trees simply have suckers that originate from the trunk with no real branch growth.  Stone fruit trees are really prone to this..

  • Dan

    so are you saying that a trunk sucker will be the same as the tree you want? and the root sucker would be a root stock tree .assuming it is a grafted tree

  • jason


    If the tree is grafted a root sucker is the same as the rootstock.  A trunk sucker could be either depending upon where it grew from of course.  This sucker is quite a bit up on the tree.  Usually a response to stress.  I’m not 100% sure it will make fruit but everything I know tells me it will.  If not it will be a great rootstock! 

  • Mohan Udiavar

    thanks, but could you please  guide which season is the best for air layering.

  • jason


    That one is a little more tougher.  It really is season and species dependent.  I can tell you that it must happen during the growing season, not the dormant one.  Google the species, and area, example=apple north dakota air layering.

    Hope that helps.