Fri October 28, 2011 By: Parvathy Rajeev

What is the difference between layering and grafting and which are the two types of layering (in vegetative propagation)?

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Sun October 30, 2011
In layering, first the roots are formed on a stem of a mother plant and only after that the stem is cut off and is planted as a new plant. Plants grown from layering will fruit earlier than the ones grown from seeds.
In grafting, a branch of a desired variety is grafted onto another plant. 'Stock' is the rooted plant upon which a branch of a desired variety of the plant is grafted. The branch, which is being grafted, is called as "scion". Grafting is done on a stock plant, which has a very strong root system 
In grafting, the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another. In layering, there is no fusion between tissues of different plants.
There are two types of Layering: Ground Layering and Air Layering
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