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Both methods are simple to do using basic materials and.

} Softwood cuttings need at least six hours of light per day to root, but not direct sunlight.

Make a slanted cut of the same length on both the rootstock and the scion; then place them together so the cambium layers align and wrap with parafilm, grafting tape, or a rubber band to hold the graft in place Wells,

Propagation beds with grow lights, timers and heaters can be purchased from many sources. The ideal rooting tray has a heated bed (usually set Umatilla FL 70 degrees) and a vented cover. Moisture loss in the rooting mix is the primary cause of failed cuttings. Make four cuts about 2 to 2 ½ inches from the top of the rootstock and pull down the four flaps of bark to expose the bare wood.

Carefully cut the exposed rootstock, without damaging the flaps. Insert the tapered end of the scion and pull up the four flaps to cover the exposed cambium.

One day before planting, soak the seed in running water. After at least 24 hours, remove nuts, which have swelled, showing a split in the suture. Some may need longer soaking to split. Plant the seed sideways 3 to 4 inches deep in either a nursery row, a raised bed, or a gallon barrel with both ends cut.

Jun 28, Plant your pecan during the colder months to allow for root growth before spring. Be sure to choose a variety like 'Elliot' or 'Curtis' that has good disease resistance and is suited for Florida.

Squirrels are particularly damaging for pecan trees that are near woodlands or adjacent to other trees because the squirrels never have to touch the ground to reach the pecan tree.

Your pecan tree should start producing good crops in six to twelve years. Once. Place grafts in 2- to 4-inch diameter limbs at the time of pollen shedding. Scions are usually cut 5 or 6 inches long with a sloping cut about 1 3/4 inches long at the basal end. Place the scion against the limb and make outline cuts through the bark of the stock.

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