Dan Bussey – How To Graft Apple Trees

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edited November 2020 in Home Grown Food Summit 2020

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  • jmachledt
    jmachledt Posts: 26 ✭✭✭

    I really want to try grafting - does the base plant need to be similar to the newly grafted plant?

  • Heather
    Heather Posts: 6 ✭✭✭

    do you recommend buddy tape?

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,583 admin

    Hi everyone, I'm working to get Dan or someone from seed savers online to answer your questions.

    @jmachledt there are lots of varities of 'rootstocks". hey need to be of similar diameter - although not perfectly close. You've got some wiggle room there. They definitely have to be the same species... apples to apples of course.

  • ceriridenour
    ceriridenour Posts: 52 ✭✭✭

    Great info. Nice clear instructions on some varities and grafting. I loook forward to trying this.

  • Molly
    Molly Posts: 20

    Hi Dan and Colin. I was intrigued by the mention of cold tolerance as a possible benefit of choosing a certain rootstock. Is it possible to be successful using grafting as a method of zone pushing? Example: selecting a rootstock for cold tolerance in Zone 3 and grafting scionwood from a tree that is rated for Zone 4 or warmer.

  • Molly
    Molly Posts: 20

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that I very much enjoyed the presentation. I love history, and for some reason apple history is especially interesting to me. Thank you both.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    @Molly I am not part of seed savers, but did work at a tree nursery for a number of years in zone 3.

    You could try this as an experiment, but you will risk die back from freezing in the winter.

    You could also try to figure out if you have an area in your yard that is warmer. Often the south side of the house/building can be warmer, but you don't plant certain trees too close because of foundation issues. Quite often, people have these little microclimates. I would encourage you to read up on this subject.

    I would suggest that if you discover one of these areas on your property, to do your experiment there.