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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30

Title:
PROPAGATION OF SHRUBS USING BLOCKING COMPOSTS1

Author:
Derek C. Attenburrow

pp: 249-254

Abstract:
The propagation of tree and shrub cuttings in peat blocks made from fertilized peat (Levington Blocking Compost) has been investigated. It was shown that peat blocks can offer a viable alternative rooting method for many species. The use of peat blocks gives a significantly lower density of cuttings in the propagation house. However, this early disadvantage may be balanced by the advantages of faster rooting plus a better and higher percentage establishment due to lack of root disturbance or damage. Additionally, some subjects when rooted into fertilized peat blocks can be potted directly into one or two litre pots thus saving on potting and handling time. The benefits of faster establishment can result in a reduced period from propagation to a saleable product compared with traditional methods.

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