PRODUCTION OF SCIONWOOD AND ITS USE IN SPECIALIZED BUDDING AND GRAFTING
The production of scionwood for all purposes of budding and grafting on our specialist tree nursery has made specific stock tree management necessary to service not only our own nursery but to provide sales of scionwood to others. We are at present producing 250,000 trees per year and a similar number of buds for sale. Graftwood production, although not in such large numbers, also supports a wide range of grafting techniques.
The main reasons for taking on this large production approach to budwood and graftwood came about for the following reasons:
EMLA virus-free programme in fruit trees. The first introductions of virus-free fruit material were made in 1969 by East Malling and Long Ashton Research Stations. This required the establishment of isolated scion blocks under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Plant Health Propagation Scheme.
Increase in demand. It was soon recognized that managed stock trees were very productive and increased the availability of quality
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