Rooting Cuttings of Tropical Trees

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Rooting Cuttings of Tropical Trees

Contributors: K A Longman, R H F Wilson
Series Title: Tropical Trees: Propagation and Planting Manuals
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 1 January 2002
Size: 210mm x 148mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-394-0
Pages: 138

This Manual is the first in a new series of readable, illustrated handbooks for propagating and planting tropical trees.

The series is designed to provide clear and concise information on how to select, grow, plant and care for tropical trees. The Manuals are intended for anyone interested in growing trees, from the small-holder to the experienced forester, in both humid and drier areas.

Manual 1 is concerned with rooting cuttings in order to multiply trees vegetatively. Farmers have used vegetative propagation for centuries in growing tropical food crops. It is a standard technique for producing improved rubber trees, and is also now used for tea, coffee, oil-palm and other crops. But growing more and better indigenous trees may be the most far-reaching contribution to sustainable land use that vegetative propagation can play. It facilitates the quicker ‘domestication’ of these ‘wild’ species, encouraging both smaller ad larger growers to tap the multiplicity of potential benefits offered by tropical trees.

This manual gives, clear, step-by-step instructions on the rooting of tree cuttings, including:
• choosing the best trees to propagate
• producing good cuttings from stockplants
• constructing a favourable environment for propagation
• rooting and handling leafy cuttings

The procedures described in this Manual can be used with the most woody species to provide diverse clonal mixtures. Such superior planting stock will help to fulfil the potential of multiple usefulness offered by tropical trees, while encouraging the conservation of genetic resources.

ContentsExpand or collapse me
Why grow tropical trees?
Overcoming the problems of growing good plants
Vegetative propagation
Leafless and leafy cuttings
What makes a good cutting?  

Genetic selection
Choosing good trees
Tests for small trees  

Stockplant management
Introduction to vegetative multiplication
Managing coppice stumps
Planting stockplants
Potted stockplants
Shade for stockplants
Stockplant pruning
Watering stockplants
Stockplant nutrition  

Propagating conditions
Building a poly-propagator
Mist propagation
Maintaining high air humidity
The rooting medium
Rooting in containers  

Taking the cuttings
Auxins and rooting
Trimming the leaves
Taking leafy shoots
Preparing leafy cuttings
Setting leafy cuttings
Rooting experiments  

Care of cuttings
Checking the conditions
Watering cuttings
Diseases and pests
Potting up
Weaning and hardening  

Check-lists, sources and records
Some key requirements for tree-planting projects
Check-list of problems in growing good trees
Information on vegetative propagation
Sources of chemicals and materials
Record-keeping and labelling
Record sheet for selecting trees
Record sheet for clone numbers
Record sheet for cuttings set
Record sheet for propagation checks