Progress in Velcro Banding Asian Maples
Nicholas Castrataro, William Johnson and Brian Maynard
The University of Rhode Island Agricultural Experiment Station is always looking for new plants to increase diversity in the Rhode Island nursery industry. Five different maple species, Acer tegmentosum, A. ukurunduense, A. capillipes, A. davidii subsp. grosseri (syn. A. grosseri-davidii) , and A. tschonoskii are new to this area and are being tested for culture and propagation. In 2003 the five maple species were propagated using a banding technique that uses Velcro strips and an early dose of rooting hormone to see if it can enhance adventitious root formation. These maples are believed to be hard to form adventitious roots on. The goal of this project is to increase the rooting percent of these plants so they can be distributed to local nurseries.
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