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The Bench Grafter's Handbook

Principles & Practice, 1st Edition

By Brian E. Humphrey

CRC Press

534 pages | 200 Color Illus. | 300 B/W Illus.

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Bench grafting is used worldwide on an extremely large scale. It is the primary method for producing the majority of ornamental trees and shrubs planted in gardens and arboreta. Much progress has been made in the last 30 years specific to bench grafting. This book discusses grafting techniques, namely bench grafting, for a wide range of plant species. It details grafting strategies; requirements for graft union formation; procedures to enhance formation; controlled environments and their importance; grafting systems and facilities; and conservation issues.

Table of Contents

Bench Grafting in Practice. Grafting Strategies and Categorisation of Grafting Methods. Knifesmanship and Grafting Methods. Grafts. Grafting Knives – Selection and Sharpening. Ties, Tying and Sealing. Work Station Equipment. Rootstocks. Scions. Achieving the Union. Anatomy and Physiology. Compatibility. Grafting Environment. Grafting Systems. Facilities. Site Selection. Grafting Structures. Role of Grafting in Conservation. Genera Specific Requirements. Appendices.

About the Author

Brian Humphrey commenced work in local nurseries in 1954 followed by two years National Service in the Royal Air Force before taking up a studentship at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. A two year studentship at Writtle Agricultural College (now Writtle University College) followed, and provided the opportunity to gain the Royal Horticultural Society`s National Diploma (now Master of Horticulture) with Honours.

Joining Hillier Nurseries in 1963 as a propagator he became a member of the Plant Propagator`s Society based in the USA in 1964 and aided in the formation of the first overseas chapter of the Society, the GB and I Region, in 1968/69. He was the inaugural President of the region in 1969 and was awarded the International Award of Honour by that Society in 1993.

Promotion at Hilliers lead to the position of Production Director and the opportunity to develop various aspects of the nursery which at that time grew commercially the widest range of temperate woody plants in the world. Joining Notcutt `s Nurseries in 1986 provided opportunities for further experience. Prior to retirement over a decade was spent running his own wholesale nursery specialising in grafted plants.

Involvement and subsequent Chairmanship of the UK ornamental nursery industry research and development initiatives with the UK Ministry of Agriculture lead to the award of an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) in 1987. In 2013 work in the nurserystock industry and in various RHS projects was recognised by the award of the VMH (Victoria Medal of Honour) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

He now lives in retirement in coastal Suffolk, eastern England and together with his wife maintains their garden with nearly seven acres of woodland and meadows of woody plants.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General