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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 31


Sidney B. Meadows

pp: 655-657

For generations nurserymen have rooted cuttings in beds. When the cuttings rooted, they were uprooted and planted in soil beds. When these plants were large enough to transplant they were uprooted again. All of this uprooting put growth on hold and took time and effort.

In the last decade direct rooting has become standard procedure with many nurseries throughout the century. No particular nursery or nurseryman could claim the distinction of originating the system because a considerable number of nurserymen embraced the concept at the same time. Evidently the time for this significant development had arrived and many saw fit to give it a try. There is no particular time when one could say direct rooting was born because there have been isolated instances of the practice going on for some time. In a meaningful way the system was basically born during the seventies.

From the beginning there was a considerable saving of time and labor. There have been many refinements and developments

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