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1 The Wonderful World of Grafting Grafting has been used for thousands of years It is said that the Chinese have been grafting plants since 1000 BC It was and still is used all over the world Even Aristotle mentioned it as a metaphor If some of the branches were broken off and you a wild olive shoot were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree do not boast over the branches Allen 59 If you want to learn how two three or more different plants can grow together as one read on about the wonderful world of grafting and be amazed Grafting has been used for many purposes but it was not till the 16th century that it became popular Not only was it a way to repair plants it was also a form of art Grafting flourished in the Renaissance period when many 2 paintings and other art work were done of grafting such as a plaque done by the great Florentine sculptor Luca della Robbia In horticulture grafting is a sort of propagation This is the art and science of establishing and replacing plant life that is used in daily methods Propagation is separated into two categories One is sexual propagation and the other is called asexual propagation Asexual propagation simply means to reproduce a plant without having to start out from a seed Another name that is often used for asexual propagation is artificial propagation The most effective way to artificially propagate is through grafting Grafting means to join two plants with cut surfaces together until they can unite The union is done when the tissues in the plant connect and weave together After some time the wound between the plants will heal and the grafting case will be one plant In many cases the grafting point heals so well that it cant 3 even be seen unless under a microscope This union
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