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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 46

Oak Grafting Techniques

Mark V. Coggeshall

pp: 481-486


The vegetative propagation of oak species via grafting is a fairly efficient means by which valuable germplasm can be replicated for both horticultural and forestry purposes. While softwood cutting propagation, and even tissue culture technologies, have been successfully applied to the genus, at least on the research level, these methods have been generally confined to either just a few species and/or limited in their success to only juvenile plant material. Although it can be argued that mature clones of some species can be successfully rooted via softwood cuttings (Zaczek et al., 1993), the resulting plants may fail to overwinter, or grow very slowly, and may even display plagiotropic-type growth habits. For these reasons, it is quite likely that the propagation of oaks via grafting and budding techniques will be the method of choice for those of us interested in this valuable genus. The purpose of this paper is to provide a short review of the grafting techniques

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