Grafting Apple Trees?

lukem Posted By lukem, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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  1. lukem

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    Anyone have any experience doing this? I have an early transparent tree that I'd like to propogate. I know nothing about grafting other than it maybe could work...
     
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    They are pretty easy to graft. Usually you do it in late winter or early spring though (between the time when the buds swell and the trees bloom). If you want a standard size (large apple) tree you can root branch cuttings this time of year. If you want a dwarf or semi dwarf (smaller) apple tree, you need to graft scions onto dwarf rootstock. You can also graft scions of other types of apples onto an existing apple tree. However, multiple grafted apples tend to have one scion that will take over the top, and so the 3-in-1 grafted apple trees at the nurseries usually do not last as 3 different types for very long.

    You can look online (google search "grafting apples") and find a lot of ways to do the grafting. I take sucker shoots from the base and use that for root stock, and cut scions from trees I want to graft in early spring and do a simple diagonal cut graft and tape them over. You just need to make sure that the cambium (green part of the wood) of the two meet at some point of the cut ends.
     
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    Thanks. Sounds like I'll need to do some reading. Closer to this winter and come up with a plan.
     
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