Seanny, thanks for posting the picture and mentioning your technique to do the air layer. I used to be pondering of doing one thing comparable since my dad who was a bonsai teacher all the time used pots on the air layer department for his bonsai. Good to listen to it really works, my earlier years air layers (10) all had roots however after I moved them into small pots, 70% died in a single 12 months.
This 12 months I’ll do the traditional air layer, then as soon as i see roots, I’ll strive your pot technique with soil, it seems like a good suggestion. I’ve some giant air layers going now (2-3″ diameter, 6-8ft tall), so I’ll be sure that to strive your technique. I plan to air layer possibly 20 branches so I can get as a lot of the branches off earlier than I reduce the tree down.
This is my giant Brester lychee tree picture from 2021.