Gardening Tips: Grafting part 2 | Columnists | hudsonvalley360.com – Hudson Valley 360

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Gardening Tips: Grafting part 2 | Columnists | hudsonvalley360.com – Hudson Valley 360

Last week I wrote about the various ways that grafting has been used to create street trees and repair injuries on girdled trees, as well as creating unique forms of plants. If it were not for grafting, we would not have nearly the variety of fruit of all sorts that we enjoy today!

As I wrote last week, the technique of grafting involves lining up the vascular tissues, the straw like cells, of the stock and the scion, i.e. the xylem and phloem. With the help of some living cells nearby these vessels, fusion can occur and the straws become connected. There are several different techniques for grafting that require various levels of skill and also luck. Most fruit trees and street trees are bud grafted. This process uses a single bud that is cut off the desired tree and inserted into a small cut in the stem of
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