Rootstock Development and Budding
Mulholland takes great care in tracking the different seed varieties used for rootstock development. Rootstock verification is critical to guarantee the product ordered is the product delivered.
Germination is handled in a controlled atmosphere with temperature control systems to help maintain the right environment for germinating citrus seed. This helps improve the speed at which plants can be transplanted into cones. After germination, we sort the seedlings and transplant them into cones for further development.
Once seedlings reach maturity, they are ready to transplant into soil sleeves for further development. Mulholland Citrus uses 11×17 inch sleeves to provide enough soil for maximum root development. This helps to insure the delivery of a strong and vigourous tree for planting.
After budding the tree is monitored and maintained to insure the fastest and strongest growth pattern is reached. Irrigation, weed management and suckering all play a critical role in developing a healthy tree for orchard planting.