David Livingston wrote:
If it's on it's own roots then I would expect it to live quite a long time and grow very large .
You might have to wait a while for fruit
Sean Pratt wrote:i think there is every chance that this could go just fine with an air layered tree but one thing to note is that when you take from a living plant without sexually reproducing the offspring is really the same age as the mother plant.so if i take from a 100 year old apple that has been damaged physically to save the genetics next year i will have a 101 year old grafted tree. this isn't always an issue i know of one case where a annual was cloned for about 30 years before the gardener decided it just wasn't what it used to be. i often wonder if this is why select varieties of apples never taste as good as when we were kids. i speculate that the DNA is becoming wonky after so many years of asexual reproduction. just food for thought. i didn't see it mentioned. i really love this idea i will plant one for each of my young family members this year in fact.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I did find this article about air layering (http://www.cropsreview.com/air-layering.html) and it mentions that the lifespan of an airlayered tree is shorter. How much shorter, though, I don't know!.