Air Layering a Corn Plant

March 13, 2008 at 9:51 pm 2 comments

amber air layeringA corn plant in my office was getting quite tall and the owner wanted to re-pot one or two of the stems to be shorter. This can be accomplished by air layering. Air layering is a method of encouraging root growth in the middle of a plant stem of a tall plant that wouldn’t generate roots by simply making a cutting. A major advantage of air rooting over other propagation methods is that the top of the plant remains attached to the original stem and is able to receive nutrients Here are some photos of the process completed by my friend Amber. You can also check out this helpful step-by-step guide from Iowa State University. I’ll post a report of the results later when some roots begin to show through the moss, should take a couple of months.

First the plant was wounded at the place where new roots were desired to grow.

wounded corn plant for air layering

Then some moss was soaked in water to act as material for the roots to grow in.

moss for air layering

The moss was wrapped around the wounds and plastic wrap was wrapped around the moss to hold it in place and keep the the moisture in.

dressing the wound for air layering

The top and bottom of the wrapping was sealed with tape and now we wait to see roots grow in the moss.

moss wrapped around the stem of a corn plant to encourage root growth


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amber  |  April 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    This is a corn plant. The common name though.

    Latin name is dracaena I’m not sure which species though I think its dracaena spp. ‘Janet Craig’

  • 2. Rebecca  |  May 7, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Cool! I had no idea there was such advanced plant propagation happening only a few feet from my desk! Although I had been wondering about the strange plastic bump on that poor wounded plant…

    Who was Janet Craig anyway? Maybe related to Jenny Craig?


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