conifers

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Northern lights over a campground, Yellowknife Canada

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I did some conifer grafting today and learned quite a bit. Pictured are “Side Veneer” grafts. Grafting is the process of joining tissues of plants so that they grow together. In the top and bottom left photos you can see the exposed cambium layers of the rootstock (potted) and scion (cutting that is being grafted). These are aligned together and sealed with bands so that they will begin growing together. This is particularly advantageous for plants that are difficult to propagate via seeds or vegetative cuttings. By grafting onto a rootstock, you can improve the vigor, disease resistance, and growth habit of the scion plant. I look forward to applying this knowledge to grafting tomatoes, willows, and fruit trees in the near future!