THE PROPAGATION OF MALUS BY BUDDING AND GRAFTING
Robert C. Simpson
Propagation of horticultural plants by budding and grafting is one of the oldest horticultural practices. In ancient Greece the technique was well known and stock and scion effects noted. Today the actual mechanics are commonly known and relatively simple. Results, however, may depend upon a long series of factors.
First I will briefly outline our operation, then mention some of the problems we have encountered. Finally I will go over some of the points we think we have learned. And may I add, I do not presume to speak as an authority, only as one intensely interested in the subject. There are many present who have had more years of experience. If I draw conclusions they know to be in error, I and the rest present will welcome correction.
Our understocks are ordered on a five year basis to obtain a price discount, with minor seasonal adjustments made usually by July. The understocks arrive in January or early February. These are unpacked, the roots pruned to 3 or 4 inches, any low
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