This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. A. Fowler, the distinguished gardener at Castle Kennedy, when looking at his own beautiful plants, wonders why there should be any prejudice against grafted conifers? The chief reason is that the plants have been grafted in pots, where the roots learn to coil and twist, and they keep the tree more or less in a stunted condition for years afterwards; and another reason is that some propagators take little bits of weak side branches for scions, and which only make leaders with great difficulty. A properly grafted conifer is often better than a seedling tree.