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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 22

Title:
SANITATION IN RHODODENDRON PROPAGATION

Author:
Robert Whalley

pp: 170-173

Abstract:
Sanitation. Where does it begin? When should it stop? I feel it is essential to consider the journey of one cutting from a stock plant to a landscape planting. See if its attitude is that sanitation should be hospital conditions or garbage heap. Should present conditions at your nursery be compromised?

My name is ‘Nova Zembla’. Genus Rhododendron. Because of my growth habit, my hardiness factor, and my red flower color, I am an exploited variety. It seems I grow well in many locations in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the U.S.A. because of my flower bud survival rate. I propagate comparatively easy and my color is demanded as a highlight for gardens and landscapes in the spring. Northwest nurseries grow me into a semi-mature shrub in 3 years. Then I am shipped in cool fruit or beef carrying refrigerator trucks to Eastern cities — but I am getting ahead of my journey —

In breezy fields of the Willamette Valley I grow lush and bushy. Then July arrives and I get trimmed — reduced — thinned

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