September 18, 2019
Definition: To produce or breed a new plant from the existing parent plant. Species can be propagated through direct seeding, cutting, layering, or grafting.
In the Forest Garden: Trees for the Future farmers use propagation methods to accelerate and diversify fruit production in their forest gardens. Propagating trees, such as citrus trees, allows farmers to control fruit quality, quantity and increase a tree’s tolerance to climatic extremes.
Did you know? Ungrafted or un-budded citrus trees will flower and fruit within five years after planting, if in adequate conditions, whereas grafted and budded trees can begin fruiting after one year.