Grafting season!

February 20, 2012

Japanese maple grafts in greenhousewinter cuttings in new greenhouse

We start grafting in mid January and that continues for about 6 weeks. There is something exciting about grafting. You first select which plants you want to propagate then perform the carpentry, and then provide aftercare. Each greenhouse is different and the plants you graft also have different requirements. Some years your ‘take’ is off and that can be discouraging. However, when everything goes right, the plants let you know and they start to push out from the selected buds enticed by the warm temperatures and high humidity in the greenhouse. This year, it looks like we have done well with the Japanese maples, achieving somewhere between 80-90 % take. Dawn Redwoods and bald cypress are also doing well. It will be a few more weeks before I know how the conifers are faring.
We also propagate some of the conifers by winter cuttings (if they can be propagated that way – some have to be grafted). We improved our outdoor propagation bed adding a layer of sand over the heat mat then several inches of just perlite. Again, we have done well this year with these cuttings.

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2 Responses to “Grafting season!”

  1. evelyn janosik said

    You make the grafting and seedling propagation pursuits sound like an adventure. We have also had a mild winter, but also quite a bit of deer damage. Last year almost everything was under snow for most of the winter resulting in little deer damage. The blue spruces in our area are suffering from a disease that kills growth older than one year. We have several large trees that have been affected. Have you heard of a treatment for this type of ailment. Many landscape specimens in our area are being damaged. Hope your good luck continues in all facets of your business. E.

    • archtrees1 said

      I’m sorry to hear about the problem with the spruces in your climate. You may want to contact your county extension agent to learn more about the problem. Good luck.

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