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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 57

Title:
Auxin Application via Foliar Sprays

Author:
Samuel R. Drahn

pp: 274

Abstract:
INTRODUCTION

Over the past 6 years Bailey Nurseries, Inc. has been delivering IBA (indole-3-butyric acid) to unrooted cuttings in a couple of ways; manual basal dips before planting and overhead sprays after planting is complete. Careful, repetitive trialing has shown us that many of the taxa respond equally as well to being sprayed with water soluble IBA after sticking instead of the traditional hand dip method that we have used for years. In both our Minnesota and Oregon propagation facilities the shift in delivery method has been driven by a desire to reduce our employees’ exposure to chemicals, develop a more streamlined and sanitary approach to propagation, and to reduce the labor costs associated with rooting hormone applications. All of these goals need to be met while maintaining our standards of high quality, well-rooted cuttings. Using Hortis IBA water soluble salts has helped us reach these objectives with many of our taxa.

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