University of Latvia rhododendron breeding and testing nursery “Babīte”
Latvian University rhododendron breeding and testing nursery “Babīte” was established on 1 July 1980. Kennel established pine forest Babite, 11.8 ha. It is currently the only specialized rhododendron farm in the Baltic States.Kennels main task is rhododendron introduction and breeding.Over the last 30 years of existence, a large open-air farm, rhododendron species and varieties collection, which includes 72 species of wild rhododendron and 191 variety, including 64 Latvian University developed the variety (breeder R. Kondratovičs).
The process can be accelerated by scoring the bark of the stem section that is to be buried to reveal the cambium–which provides undifferentiated cells that turn into root tissue–and applying rooting hormone.
When this is done above the ground, it is called air layering.
Layering is a reliable way to create clones of plants that are difficult to propagate by cuttings, like certain hardwoods, or flowering trees like magnolias. The clone is able to derive water and nutrients from the parent plant, while slowly establishing roots over a period of weeks or months.