UK National Tree Week: Grafting
Grafting is a technique commonly used in horticulture, forestry, agriculture, and crop sciences to asexually propagate plants. This works by physically carving a section of plant tissue out of one plant, and inserting it onto another. Inosculation (the joining of vascular tissue) will occur after a few weeks provided that each half are kept alive and vascular cambium in contact. During inosculation, the grafting scar is typically tied up with rubber, or tape to maintain cambium contact.
So why do we do this?
Through extensive progeny testing, plant families that exhibit the best genetic phenotype for desired traits (straightness, big fruits, fast growing) are selected and bred. Genetic gains can be large for particular traits, but grafting offers breeders more control, as they can pair desired aboveground traits, with the best root stocks. The “stock” is typically a plant selected for robust roots, while the “scion” is the plant selected for the desired traits (straightness, big fruits, fast growing, etc.).
hey do you know of any fics being similar to inosculation by rianne? i just read it and loved it. Thanks a ton and please excuse my English as it's my second language :)