I told my father that some of his "rare" plants are nothing more than normal
ones with the top section removed and then grafted back upside down.
He is giving me an argument and attitude over this.
Can someone tell me how to convince him?
Find a horticultural text or reference book. In it you should see
a description of dwarfing certain varieties of fruit trees by
doing something similar to what you describe. A section of trunk
-- just 2-4 inches depending on the tree -- is cut out, turned
over and grafted back onto the roots with the top grafted back
onto the inverted section. This is not quite as effective as
grafting onto a partially incompatible root stock. Thus, the top
will grow more than most dwarf trees.
On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 20:04:16 GMT, "Cereus-validus"
I have seen little trees that look very much to me to be just as you
described.........a piece was cut off and grafted on upside-down.
In fact there is one in my back yard that the previous owners put in.
Actually two; on one of them the grafted part died off. It was some
kind of willow.
New willow shoots came out from the bottom and now there is a small
tree or a very large bush, can't tell what it will be yet.
You are a total Canucklehead, Joe Blough.
Why you even humor such a ridiculous question is beyond being taken
Should we just pat you on the head and laugh at you behind yor back or would
you rather know you are being foolish?
Maybe somebody ought to graft you upside-down just to see what happens?
Upside-down grafts never take. If you knew anything at all about plants you
would know why. Maybe you will be the exception?
bah, you're both wrong. Most likely your rare plants are normal ones with
the "top" section removed and grafted back downside up. Most of the plants
in Australia need this done, but few people bother to do so.
The reason that we don't bother is that bunyips do the grafting at night,
the best of the grafted progeny are presented as gifts to the prospective
mate of the bunyip. Sadly bunyips pine and waste away if removed from the
region of their birth as they must return to their ancestral swamp to
conduct these rituals. The noise of the mating will often carry for miles
as they dispute which of them will be, er, umm, well downside up as you put
it. This is why such grafting is unknown in the USA.
Dunno about grafting, but some plants are particular about which
direction they go into the dirt for rooting. If you take grape
cuttings, they're from the past summer's wood, 3 joints long, but you
better remember which end is toward the growing tip and which tip is
to the ground. If you put them in the ground wrong way 'round,
they're not growing.
I would think some plants' vascular systems are kind of
uni-directional like that.
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