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4 Reading 19-1 mud over it mixed with hair: to make the f uid remain and keep sun, rain and cold from doing any harm. So too after slitting the stock and giving the scion a wedge-like shape a they drive it in with a mallet to make the F t as tight as possible. There must also be no excess of their own f uid in the scions. This is why in the case of the vine scions are cut two days before grafting, to allow the exudation that collects at the cut F rst to run off and save the scion from decomposition and mould. On the other hand scions of the pomegranate and F g and of trees drier than these are grafted at once. One must choose the proper seasons for grafting with both the country and the nature of the trees in view, since some combinations are too wet, others too dry. For thin soil spring is in fact the better season; for what makes this combination appropriate is that thin soil contains but little f uid. For rich and muddy
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Unformatted text preview: soil on the other hand the better season is autumn, since in spring there is far too much wetness to preserve the graft so long as bleeding still persists. Some set this autumnal season at thirty days. It is also reasonable that trees so grafted should bear F ner fruit, especially when the scion is from a cultivated tree and the stock from a wild tree of the same bark, since the scion is better fed because the stock is strong (this is why it is recommended to plant wild olives F rst and later graft them with cultivated buds or twigs). For the grafts hold better to the stronger tree, and since this tree attracts more food they make it a F ner producer. Indeed if one should reverse the procedure and graft wild scions on a cultivated stock, there would be a certain improvement in the wild crop but no F ne fruit. Let this suf F ce for the discussion of planting in the sense of grafting....
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