Starting a fruit-bearing tree from a seed, can be long and drawn out before that tree starts to bear fruit. But veteran growers have a secret you can now have… It’s called air layering, a way of rooting a branch while still connected to the tree.
The process uses girdling to create a rooting branch. Ouch, wait! Doesn’t girdling, or ring barking as it is also known, kill a tree, or branch? The answer is yes, but you can also use it to clone your favorite fruit tree. In fact, it will also work on other trees, as well.
Most of us want to plant and grow fruit trees in our home garden or in an orchard for their tasty fruits. There are many ways a fruit tree can be propagated – from seeds, from a nursery-bought seedling, or by means of Air-layering. The problem with growing fruit trees from seeds is that it may take very long to bear fruits – sometimes more than ten years – and there is no guarantee that the fruits will taste the same as the one from which you got the seeds. Air-layering is one method of propagating a fruit tree from an existing one, which will bear fruits sooner, and the fruits will taste the same as the mother plant. Most of the Citrus trees can be propagated by air-layering. I have successfully air-layered the sweet lemon tree at our home garden and here are the step-by-step instructions on how to do air-layering.
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