Propagation: virgina pine root stock

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  1. patdero1

    patdero1 Active Member Maple Society

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    I have a bunch of virginia pines 2' tall. Are they used for root stock? I never grafted conifers before.
    Thanks for the help?
     
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    They could be. The general rule for grafting pines is the more closely related the species are related the more likely they will be compatible. Also, i have heard / read that if the number of needles per fascicle is the same (in this case 2) the species are more likely to be compatible. Dirrs reference manual of plant propagation does not list grafting info for the species, but that doesn't mean it can't be done.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, correct, though tolerances are reasonably wide
    Not so reliable - needle number is not a good indicator of relatedness.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Ill look up more info on compatability. I have a few Norway Spruce, I know I can use them. How about Eastern Red ceder, can i graft blue atlas ceder on them?

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No; "Eastern Red ceder" is an incorrect name, the correct name is Eastern Juniper Juniperus virginiana - it is a juniper, not a cedar Cedrus at all.
     
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    I learn something new every day on this site! Thanks for the info Michael.

    Pat
     

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