Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Propagation by Grafting and Budding

Grafting is widely used in the nursery industry, often with fruit and nut tree production. It involves joining together two different plants so that they continue to grow as one. Only plants that are closely related can be grafted successfully. The scion or the desired plant is joined with the under stock or parent plant that develops the root system. After the graft has grown together, remove the top of the under stock. This process is done when new growth starts in early spring. Budding is similar to grafting except one newly developed latent bud is joined with the rootstock. This is usually done in mid summer. Both grafting and budding are not widely used in the home garden but if you call yourself a Yardiac you should at least try Grafting this year.

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