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October / November 2021

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SA Fruit Journal: October / November 2021

The origin of the technique of grafting or budding of trees is unknown. However, this technique is of great horticultural significance and has enabled rapid and uniform multiplication of various fruit crops. By Werner Swiegers, Johan Joubert and Paul Cronjé (Citrus Research international)

Budding is the plant propagation practice of cutting buds from a desired scion and inserting them into a cut made in the bark of a compatible rootstock to vascular cambium layers of each line-up. Cell division occurs at the bud-insertion site joining the vascular tissue of the bud and rootstock. Under ideal growing conditions, the bud grows out and within 2 – 3 years develops into a productive tree.

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