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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 4


William E. Snyder

pp: 89-103

Many standard horticultural procedures have developed as the result of years of practical experience. In more recent years, some of these standard horticultural procedures have been found to be unjustifiable on the basis of research and of practical trials, but many have been found to be completely justifiable practices.

The plant propagator has long realized that the maintenance of the turgidity of a cutting is essential for rapid and successful rooting. Thus many standard horticultural procedures are followed which are aimed to minimize the loss of water from cuttings. Some of these well known practices are:

  1. Collection of the cutting wood in the early morning when the tissues are fully turgid,
  2. Protection of the cutting wood from bright sunlight and from warm, dry wind
  3. Covering the wood with moist burlap or, in some instances, inserting the base of the cuttings in an inch or two of water
  4. Making the cuttings as rapidly as possible and inserting them in the rooting medium

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