PROPAGATION — GETTING STARTED
Paul V. Banbrook
When I joined our nursery venture in late 1976, it consisted of a modest retail and an expanding wholesale division. At this time the propagation was confined to budding and grafting of assorted fruits and deciduous ornamentals in both open ground and containers.
With my interest in the broad area of plant propagation, we decided to gradually supplement our bought-in liner requirements with our own stock.
Initially we began with quick seed lines plus autumn-set cuttings but in 1979 we set up a primitive yet effective mist facility at the end of one of our polythene growing houses. A partition wall was built and covered with plastic and access to the mist room was through this.
The existing base of drainage metal was overlaid with pumice sand to a depth of about 5 cm. Mains water was ducted along an outside fence by 12 mm alkathene pipe and connected to a 12 mm solenoid valve, on the inside wall, above the mist line level.
The mist lines are 12 mm rigid PVC and the mist nozzles
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