Has anyone air layered a JWP successfully? If so, what technique did you use?
I have a JWP grafted on JBP root stock that I have had for 2 years. When I got it I put it into a pond basket and it has grown extremely well, pushing out lots of buds and new shoots each of the past two years.
Unfortunately the graft junction isn’t the best and there is a big bulge at the first ring of branches. One of our club members suggested to me today that I should air layer the tree at the bulge of the first branch ring. The trunk above that has decent internodes, shape and taper and could be a nice bonsai in the future.
I have read that JWP are difficult to air layer, and I would hate to kill the tree just because of a poor graft and an unsightly bulge.
Any advice would be appreciated.