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Sunday, February 19, 2017

How-To Graft Your Own Fruit Trees

Nearly 70°F all weekend in February, Wow! 

The warm weather has brought out everyone for a remedy to cabin fever.  It is also poking up crocus, daffodils and more.

We are getting to the last minute for pruning and grafting fruit trees.  Today I have a new video showing how to do a 'whip and tongue' graft on pear trees.  You can use this method on all kinds of trees; apples, cherries and more. 

Three varieties on one tree, after wrapping with parafilm
electrical tape and petroleum jelly
graft union
If you don't know the status of a certain variety of fruit tree you can check this handy Patent Information search.  Most patents are good for about 20 years.

Rootstock and scion wood can be ordered from various nursery supplies. These include Raintree Nursery, Dave Wilson, Fedco and many others.  Seeds collected yourself can be used to grow your own rootstock.

My friend Greg Burns has 10packs of 12"+ seedling Bartlett pears and more at Nature's Image Farm.

You can also get scion wood from your favorite friends or family trees, maybe even an unnamed variety that maybe grew at grandma's house :) 

This is a great way to keep an heirloom apple and all those memories in the family!

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Grafting materials used and discussed are available on Amazon (affiliate)-

Affordable Grafting Knife


Tree Kote brand Wound Dressing

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