An Introduction to Agriculture

An Introduction to Agriculture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...or moist earth. After its roots are well started, it may be carefully removed to the place where we want the plant to grow. Many plants are propagated by cuttings. A few, as the begonia, may be propagated from a leaf rooting either in water or in damp sand. But plants are more frequently developed from thrifty shoots. This is the common method with geranium, heliotrope, verbena, nasturtium and others. The shoots or cuttings are divided so that there are two or more joints or nodes to each cutting, which is then buried in moist sand and kept warm by artificial heat if necessary. If there are leaves on the shoots they should be trimmed or removed to reduce the evaporating surface. When the roots are an inch or so long, the cuttings may be transplanted into small pots, and from there into larger ones as the roots fill the pots. Hard-wood cuttings, such as currant, gooseberry, grape, and flowering shrubs, are generally made in the fall and packed in green sawdust or damp sand. They may be started in the house by February or March or lie until spring and be planted in wellprepared soil. Each cutting should have two or three nodes, and when planted one node should be above ground. They are generally put into the ground in a slanting position and the soil firmly pressed about them. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane are nearly always propagated from cuttings. A potato is a swollen underground stem and when it is cut in pieces to plant we really use a piece of a stem or cutting. 93. Layering.--. In some plants buds may be made to root without being cut from the plant. A slender branch or stem is bent down then covered with soil. From the buds in this part of the stem, roots will grow. When they are well established the stem is cut off more

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  • English
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