Sturdy Rootstock Seeks Beautiful Scion for Lasting Relationship Grafting fascinated me as a child. We had a large pear tree on the farm, and it bore three distinct varieties of pear. The original rootstock was allowed to grow up and bear fruit, but two branches of other varieties were also grafted onto the rootstock, creating a tree with a virtual orchard of options on one trunk.  Once I knew what grafting was, and that it was a common practice, I saw it frequently. I knew where to look for the line where rootstock and scion meet, typically quite close to
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Fifty Shades of Green Plants have become the sexy home décor trend again. Though the return of macramé’ was just a smile and a wink, the popularity of Fiddle leaf Figs, all manner of succulents and even Sansieverias is real. Design magazines for the home, for hospitality, hospitals and even general office construction are showing foliage plants once again. Whether perched on wooden stands, grouped on shelves of glass, hanging in clear globes, or occupying shapely fiberglass planters on the floor, plants are back. As always, the key is knowing what plant will do well in the location you have
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How I Got Here I remember the heavy lifting of biochemistry, trying to understand not only how and why molecules interact, but why I would ever need to know this information. Plant physiology however, is fascinating, and I have certainly benefited from what I learned in class and in the greenhouse. I was so fortunate. A 4-H leader in my community was also a full -time employee in the Horticulture department at Michigan State, so I entered school with a part-time job already lined up. I prepared plant materials for undergraduate classes during the week, and on many weekends, I
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