[Arid_gardener] Question from Home-Hort WWW page
rkgross3 at cox.net
Tue Apr 4 13:46:15 MST 2006
Ladd, propagation by budding and grafting involves simple mechanical procedures that virtually anyone can learn but each method requires some degree of skill with selecting the scion or bud, choosing a receptive branch or stem and making reasonably precise, clean cuts with a very sharp blade insuring that cambium layers of like species are in intimate contact when the union is completed..
Most grafting and budding is done by professionals at the wholesale growers level. I don't know of anyone local who teaches the subject or grafts proffessionally but there are quite a few amatuer practitioners around the Valley. I probably have done 50 of one kind or another, if I could find them all, in my own home landscape but at least that many, I've not counted the failures, were not sussessful; not a bad percentage for a beginner.
If you are serious about grafting, there are, however, hundreds of tutorials on the Internet that instruct in great detail on every propagation technique practiced since the cave man. Study one at a time. Start with budding and study every thing you can find on the subject and practice by budding any plant to itself using any plant you can get your hands on. The only materials you need for this is 1/2 inch white plastic horticultural tape found in any nursery, and a sharp blade.
If you get stuck, drop by the Subtropical Demonstration Garden at the Cooperative extension 4341 E. Broadway where I hang out nearly every Saturday Morning. In fact, this Saturday, the 8th, is our spring sale at the Extension with a lot of subtropical plants at reasonable prices.
Dick Gross, Master Gardner Volunteer
U of A Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.
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> ladd jergens
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> want know how to graft fruit trees..one fruit to another tree..
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