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Fruit tree grafting
Tue 31-Dec-13
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Vagabondic
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Has anyone ever tried grafting  apple trees on to a rootstock. The reason I am asking and want to do it is our wonderful government (all 3 parties grubbing for votes) want to build a stupid railway through our family farm meaning destruction of everything including all the old trees planted by my father and great uncle.  The plums and damsons have fruiting suckers so are easily dealt with but there are half a dozen apples and pears  which I would like to graft so wherever in the world we may end up we have the originals with us.

 

If anyone has any experience of it I would like to hear about it as I am about to give it a go.

 

Wed 1-Jan-14
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The RHS has a great deal of information on this subject as have the Malling research station in Kent. I saw recently a Television programme where 20 different apple varities were grafted on to a rootstock for apple.

It was interesting at the time as we had jusr bought a family tree, with three different apple varities grafted on. I would say in principle it is not a had job, just have to know how to prepare the cuttings and the grafting point. obviously someone who does this sort of thing for a living will be highly skilled, but I reckon with taking your time it should be possible to do succesful grafting. The video below showsa technigue for doing it.

 

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

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Vic, I would get an expert in, might not be too expensive, old Titchie's bound to have written a book on it.  Good Luck!

Thu 2-Jan-14
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waveTry the February 2014 issue of Kitchen Garden (out now) has several well illustrated instructional pages , also gives details of day courses Suffolk or Kent seem to be your nearest . 

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