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Making Multi-Grafted Apples

Posted by quillfred 8 - PNW (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 6, 13 at 14:18

This is obviously a complex issue. I have more scions than I have room for as single trees- not that I'm complaining. My goals are to build ideally healthy trees that are fairly balanced. I know to use similar vigor and pollination times. I'll use 3 or 4 varieties per tree. My goal is less about high production and more about discovering varieties.

My questions stem (I know)on when to use the various methods. I guess bark or cleft is the choice when doing serious limb removals. However I am wondering how to add onto a still desired 4 year tree: whip and tongue best when possible? Am I limited to the higher portion of the tree due to vigor? I'm guessing it is easiest to multi bud on a younger rootstock.

Also does anyone know of a good resource to figure this out? Thanks!

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RE: Making Multi-Grafted Apples

I use water sprouts near the beginning of established scaffolds that I want to replace or WS connected directly to the trunk. Good sun exposure is essential.

I let the graft grow straight up for a year or two but before it's too stiff I spread it to 60 degrees or so. If it's over an existing branch I use that for an anchor and remove it once new graft is established.

RE: Making Multi-Grafted Apples

Thanks Harvestman. I'll give it a try.

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