Though grafting may seem new, it can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago to ancient China. Why? Well, it’s a pretty tried-and-true method and apt discovery. Grafting is a horticultural technique used to connect two different plants so they grow as one. And there’s nothing better than a two-for-one deal.
All grafted plants are composed of two parts: if you look closely at the base of your plant, you may notice a bump. This bump is called the Grafted Union. A Grafted Union contains the Scion, which is the fruiting or flowering part of the plant (the top). The second part is called the Rootstock, which is a healthy root system and some of the stem (the bottom).
Look at your plant and notice the fruit, flowers, and leaves—you are looking at the scion of the grafted union. The rootstock is, of course, the rootball of another plant. The entire process is beneficial because your plant will generally grow faster and remain hardier than seed-grown plants.
Another reason for taking the root system off of another tree and grafting it to another? Creating dwarf trees. Many fruit trees tend to grow too large, making harvests difficult or dangerous. But a grafted tree grows to a manageable height and matures much more quickly.
In other words, grafting makes a big difference. Grafted plants are generally more drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant, and they produce more flowers and/or fruit. Grafting means more consistency in not only size and shape but also fruit and blooms.
The Benefits of Root System Plants
So, now you know a bit about grafting. Root system research is just as important! For instance, gardening companies often only sell plants that are bare root. The soil of a Bare Root plant is completely removed from the bottom, leaving the roots are exposed. We recommend that you avoid buying bare root plants, since the likelihood of their survival is slim.
Plants with a Root System, also known as a Root Ball, have been container-grown. Fast-Growing-Trees.com uses this system, which brings water and nutrients into the tree and keeps the plant secure, in the ground, after transplantation. Our system encourages better results for your plants.
And though bare-root plants sell at a lower price than container-grown plants, the results don’t compare. Container-grown plants, shipped right to your door, can’t be beat because they thrive, often with very low maintenance. Check out more of our favorites here!