Extending the Range of Plants for the Nursery Stock Industry
The main objective of this project is to ensure that rare plants, or those of outstanding garden worthiness, are not lost. These plants will eventually be introduced into the trade thus expanding the nursery plant range.
Since it started in 1995 the project has successfully collected and propagated many woody, herbaceous, and alpine cultivars. The majority of these plants are very scarce and several have arisen as sports or by selections from existing plants. Several good garden plants are still scarce because of problems in propagation.
The first stage is location of the plants and, to this end, the project has targeted the most important gardens in Ireland. Assessment and selection of the plants then begins. Special attention is paid to disease resistance as well as any particular characteristics for which the plant is selected. Samples are then collected for propagation. Cuttings under mist is the main propagation method but grafting and micropropagation is also carried out
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