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Plant Propagation

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Plant Propagation

  1. 1. Plant Propagation
  2. 2. Grafting <ul><li>Grafting encompasses any process whereby a part (called the scion) taken from one plant, is made to unite with and grow upon another plant or part of a plant (called the stock). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Reasons for grafting <ul><li>to change the size of the resultant plant by dwarfing or increasing growth; </li></ul><ul><li>to increase plants that cannot be reproduced by other asexual methods; </li></ul><ul><li>to produce nematode or disease resistance; </li></ul><ul><li>to change the form or variety of a plant; </li></ul><ul><li>to produce earlier flowering and fruiting; </li></ul><ul><li>to develop a plant tolerant of a wider range of environmental conditions; and </li></ul><ul><li>to repair damaged plants. </li></ul>
  4. 4. five requirements <ul><li>The stock and scion must be compatible. Otherwise they cannot unite. Graft only closely related plants </li></ul><ul><li>Cambial regions of scions and stock must be in intimate contact. Cut surfaces should be held tightly for proper healing and flow of water and nutrients. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Grafting must be done when the stock and scion are in the proper physiological stage. Scions for all grafting operations except budding must be dormant. Scions for budding can be either dormant or actively growing, depending on the budding method. Rootstocks can be growing or dormant, depending on the grafting method. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>After grafting is completed, all cut surfaces must be protected from desiccation or drying out. This can be done by covering the graft with wax or tape or some moist material such as sphagnum moss. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper care must be given to the graft until it unites. Shoots from the stock must be removed because they can choke out the scion. In addition, shoots from the scion can grow so vigorously that they break the scion off unless staked or tied. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Kinds of Grafting <ul><li>Bud Grafting </li></ul><ul><li>= a single bud is grafted on the stock. Fruit trees, roses, and many ornamental plants are propagated by budding. The cion is usually a mature bud cut from a twig of the current year's growth with a bit of bark and a bit of wood. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cleft Grafting <ul><li>Cleft grafting is one of the oldest and most widely used types of grafting. It is used as a field technique primarily to convert old varieties of plants into newer more desirable varieties. Cleft grafting is useful with both large and small plant materials. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Whip Grafting <ul><li>Whip (also called tongue or splice) grafting is particularly useful for grafting relatively small material 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and where the scion and stock are of about the same size. It heals quickly and makes a strong union. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Bark Grafting
  11. 14. Grafting Waxes <ul><li>Grafting waxes serve two purposes: </li></ul><ul><li>to seal over the graft union and prevent loss of moisture, and </li></ul><ul><li>to prevent entrance of disease and decay-causing organisms. </li></ul>
  12. 15. Good grafting waxes have these qualities: <ul><li>Adhere to plant surfaces and are not washed off by rain. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not get brittle and crack. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not melt in hot weather. </li></ul><ul><li>Remain pliable to allow for swelling of the scion and enlargement of the stock. </li></ul>

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