What is grafting?
Grafting is a horticultural technique that's defined as attaching a twig (scion) from one tree to the stem of a tree seedling (rootstock). The scion becomes a permanent part of the tree over time. If the scion is from an improved variety, the tree will take on those characteristics.There are several grafting techniques, but we at The Progressive Farmer have chosen to demonstrate our favorite technique, the four-flap graft technique.
Getting Started (When to Graft).
During the dormant season (late winter), cut new-growth scions with buds on them. Refrigerate scions in plastic bags until spring. Scion and rootstock should be about the same diameter.
Step 1: Vertical Incisions
Step 2: Prepare the Scion
Step 3: Connect Scion and Rootstock
Step 4: Secure the Graft
Step 5: Protect the Graft
Step 6: Secure the Plastic
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