HOW WE PROPAGATE FRENCH LILACS AT THE WEDGE NURSERY
I have read many interesting articles on propagation which were written by many of you present today and published in the American Nurserymen. They have stimulated our thinking — many of the ideas presented we have experimented with and some we have put into regular practice. One such fine article on lilac propagation by Mr Wells, spoke of 98 percent stands, which has certainly set a high goal to shoot at and has caused us to do some serious thinking and to run some additional tests. Stands of 91 percent have been the best we have been able to do in the past ten years and that only in two varieties in two different years. Our average of all varieties for a given year, including some rather poor propagating varieties, is considerably below that.
We, at the Wedge Nursery, located at Albert Lea, Minnesota which is 15 miles north of the Iowa border, have grown "own root" French lilac since 1902. In 1935 we jumped up our propagation, growing mainly for other nurseries under contract. My father,
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