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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

The Benefits of Buying Unrooted Cuttings to the Propagator

Robert Grove

pp: 325-328


To buy or not to buy, that is the question. Propagation managers have struggled for years with the economic issue of how to asexually propagate plants. Do we produce them ourselves or buy in propagation liners. Let's look at the options we will be comparing in this talk.

  • Propagate internally — taking cuttings off of existing stock in or around the nursery.
  • Buy in unrooted cuttings — fresh stem or leaf cuttings without roots.
  • Buy in rooted cuttings — small rooted stem or leaf cuttings free of soil.
  • Buy in rooted plugs — small plants with roots in some planting media.

Hopefully after examination of these options you will have a clearer economic perspective.

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