STOCK PLANT MANAGEMENT
The first stage in any production cycle is obtaining the propagation material of the right quality in the quantity required. As techniques become more exacting it is becoming increasingly important to have full control over propagation material from the earliest possible stages. This thinking has brought about an increasing awareness of the use of ornamental stock beds for vegetative propagation material and seed orchards for seed.
Sources of Vegetative Material. Cuttings can come from one of three sources:
- Saleable plants in the nursery. It is only feasible to take cuttings if this fits in with normal trimming, otherwise you may be cutting away saleable material.
- Plants outside your control. Many nurserymen still collect cuttings from local gardens, the wild and parkland areas. This material inevitably has an unknown history and often involves excessive labour and transport costs to obtain.
- Stock Beds/Hedges. The advantage of a stock area is that the history of the plant
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