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Propagation technique where the tissues of one plant are inserted into those of another.

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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

I have planted seeds of a lemon and want to know, if I have to graft the lemon plant so I can get lemons? Or will they in time grow without grafting?
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How to “correct” uneven trunk widths in a cherry tree?

I have a cherry tree that is about 2 years old. Strangely, the width of its trunk above the grafting joint is much thicker than that of the rootstock (mazzard) below and I have not seen such a ...
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How closely related do plants have to be for grafting purposes?

I have a lovely trunk / rootstock that I want to use for bonsai. It is a field maple (acer campestre). I don't particularly want to foliage though. I will have (hopefully at the end of the season) ...
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How would I go about grafting Japanese Maples?

I would like to plant a nice weeping Japanese Maple in my yard, but the nice ones at the nursery are quite expensive. Some friends have exactly the type of Japanese Maple that I would like in my yard....
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Is it possible to create lilacs with different colored flowers on different branches?

Is it possible to create (using grafting) a Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) which has different colors? One branch with white flowers, the other with lilac?
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What problems can come from a tree with its graft union 5 inches above the soil line?

I planted a grafted apple tree in a pot and shortly thereafter realized the graft union is about 5-6 inches above the soil line. My gardening books and online searches recommend the union be no more ...
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What are the benefits of veg / fruit plants with grafted rootstocks?

Last year I grew aubergines (eggplants) and tomatoes with grafted rootstocks, and they actually produced a lot more veg than my other plants. Could someone tell me why it is done and why they ...
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Can I combine two or more fruit trees?

I am from southern NH, my neighbor in the next neighborhood has a tree with both pears and apples. I have heard of this but never thought it was practical. I have a peach tree that is less than half ...
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Can I graft a Navel or Valencia orange tree onto an established citrus tree?

I have a mystery citrus tree that bears sour and almost inedible small oranges. This tree is about 10 years old. I'd like to cut-off its branches and graft on branches from a Navel or Valencia orange ...
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Grafting compatibility

I have a fairly small yard, in which I've got a well-established (no idea of the age) mirabelle plum tree, and 3 young trees that I bought last year (malus apple, conference pear, I-forget-exactly-...
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Topping (ungrafting?) an ornamental weeping cherry

We have an ornamental weeping cherry tree that we'd like to remove -- we wanted a bigger tree. But first, we were wondering if we were to just top it (cut the tree below the graft), if we could end ...
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Is it possible to graft miracle fruit to a rootstock that tolerates alkaline soil?

I am interested in purchasing a miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) plant and would love to plant it in the ground. However, one of the main issues is that miracle fruit likes extremely acidic ...
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Does Rebutia grow better when grafted onto an Echinopsis?

I have tried growing rebutias before, and failed because the plants lacked vigor and grew slowly. Would they do better if I flat-grafted it onto a columnar Echinopsis, to increase vigor? Are there any ...
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Can grafting increase fruit size, productivity, and ease of growth?

I've been considering the possibility of grafting a giant watermelon variety (such as Carolina Cross) onto a giant pumpkin/squash/gourd rootstock (such as Atlantic Giant pumpkin, Weeks NC Giant, Zucca ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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Are all plants able to be cloned?

Do all flora possess the capacity to be cloned or viably reproduced from their trimmings, offcuts, and so on? Or is this trait exclusive to certain varieties; or specific (cultivars) taxa?
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Can any cacti be used as a scion on a non cactus succulent rootstock?

Anything in the cactus family can be grafted onto anything else in the cactus family, even jungle cacti to desert cacti. I've even grafted a Schlumbergera to a prickly pear. I would like to know, just ...
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Is it possible to graft fruit/flowering trees onto a well established jacaranda tree?

I have a large jacaranda tree in my front yard (perhaps 30-50 yrs old). I recently pruned a few branches that were about 2" thick. You can see one fresh cut in the picture below and there are a few ...
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Can I graft a branch of a sweet orange onto a sour orange tree to get sweet fruit?

I have two old citrus trees, one bears sweet navel-type oranges and the other has hundreds of impossibly sour, tiny oranges. Would it be possible to chop off a branch from the sweet tree and attach ...
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Is this a sucker? Can they grow above the graft line?

I have a citrus tree of the Washington Navel variety, which is around 4 years old (and has been here for 2 of those). Naturally this means it's a scion grafted onto rootstock of which I don't know the ...
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How does the T budding grafting method provide contact between the cambium layers?

In a T budding technique of grafting fruit trees, how does the cambium layer of the bud come into contact with the cambium layer of the rootstock? How does this great method have such a high success ...
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Can I graft fruit trees without pruning?

I just got some apple, peach and pear trees. They're still kind of young but I'm wondering if i can just graft an extra branch on the side without cutting any of the ones it has (only has 2-3 thin ...
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Can a topworked female pistachio tree be pollinated by grafting a male bud or scion?

If one has female pistachio trees coming into bearing age, can they be pollinated by grafting a male bud or scion onto a topworked female? If so, assuming it's done early in grafting season and with ...
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An evolution in grafting

My question stems (pardon the pun) from two ideas: That trees live for a very long time and that there have been many evolutions of trees in that time. It is possible to graft trees of the same genus ...
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

If I graft a scion from one apple tree onto another mature tree, how long will it take for the graft to begin bearing fruit?
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How does the “Ketchup 'n' Fries” plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

A recent article has left me quite amazed at the possibility of producing tomatoes and potatoes from the same plant. The article describes a technique called "grafting". How does it work, and are ...
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Part of fruit cocktail tree has died

I have a fruit cocktail tree that I planted on 1 June 2013, around 9 to 10 weeks ago, and one of the 3 grafted branches appears to have died. The tree originated from Dave Wilson Nursery. Here is an ...
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Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

I know you can graft like trees to like trees, but my question is: Can I graft an orange tree to a northern hardy root stock like a peach tree, and have it still grow and maybe produce an orange or ...
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What is the best grafting knife?

Help me choose the best grafting knife, right know i have the draper 76777 (the first photo) but it is a single edged knife. I am between those grafting knives in the photos, if you recommend ...
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What trees are compatible for grafting with cherry trees?

What varieties of trees are compatible for grafting with cherries other than other cherries? Plum, what else?
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Is there a limit how many branches I can graft onto a mature apple tree?

I have 5 mature Bramley apple trees - I think at least 10-15 years old, I do not know the rootstock but they are easily 6m high so I assume something large; they are also in great soil and get a ...
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How to fix a broken cactus

I have been growing this guy for 6 years. He's gotten a little too top heavy and today has fallen over and the top piece (about 9") broke off. The break was very even. I have no idea where to begin ...
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Japanese Maple shrub dying

My husband and I purchased a home in Sterling, VA (zone 6b) about 4 years ago. There are two Japanese Maple shrubs out front. Since we've purchased the house, one of them comes back less and less ...
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How should I prune this grafted lemon tree?

My dad has this terrible tree setup, I think it's 2 different trees, a lemon tree covered by a taller bushy tree. I don't have full control here, I can't cut these down/tear them out, but I am charged ...
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What's a good plan for fast and inexpensive apple tree propagation?

I'm looking for a fast way to propagate my M9 apple trees. Could you tell my if my plan is feasible? Are there any improvements to it? January 2016: Buy a M9 apple rootstock Cut all the branches off ...
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What happens when a scion from an older tree is grafted to a younger rootstock?

I recently grafted a cutting of an older mango tree to a younger root stock (1-2 years old). I am curious what's going to happen. Will the tree fruit earlier?
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Why does the lime half of a grafted tree suffer, while the lemon half thrives?

I have a dwarf grafted citrus in a pot in my garden. The trunk is grafted with one lemon branch and one lime branch. Over the last two years the lemon half of the tree has grown well and fruited ...
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Are there trees with edible fruit from the family Mimosaceae?

I am looking to graft (I hope this is the right word) some fruit on top of an "Acacia saligna". Can this be done? What fruit tree types would be suitable for this? The temperatures where I live ...
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Which trees can I do grafting? is there some combination table I can refer to?

I always found grafting fascinating, and I am now picking this again. I was wondering about which trees I can do grafting/combine. Is there a table that I can refer to?
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Is inosculating trees for shape practical for the home garden?

I've recently discovered a very cool method of tree training in which saplings are trained to a rigid form, and fused (inosculated) at certain points, to become a desired shape. If I follow the basic ...
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Can root sprouts from a very old Baldwin apple be from a different rootstock?

We had a very old Baldwin apple tree (more than 100 years old) that finally fell down last year. It now seems to be developing sprouts from the roots. My question is: since this is a very old tree, ...
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Can I graft elderberries (Sambucus)?

I have some Sambucus Peruviana, which gives a beautiful white flower that I boil to make a soothing drink for sore throats. It also gives a nice berry that can be snacked on. I see online that there ...
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Is it possible to graft together a self-pollinating cherry tree?

Earlier today I asked this question: How do you tell if a tree is male or female? because I've been looking into fruit trees and learning about what is needed for them to bear fruit. So based on this ...
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Grafting an adult cherry-tree?

I happen to have an adult cherry-tree which gives a lot of cherries but they are tiny and basically consist of the kernel and the skin. One of my neighbors will prune his cherry-tree soon. As I'm ...
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Fruit trees root growth

I have several fruit trees all in good condition, all around 2 years old. One of them is a morello cherry. He was bought as a one year Old. On its second year, I missed pruning and ultimately he ...
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One Thread Graft - Two Branches? (Cherry)

Once a thread graft has fully and truly succeeded, will the “entry” side of the scion reverse its direction of growth (and survive) if you cut it ‘long’ thus creating two branches for the price of a ...
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What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...
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Forcing a non-grafted lemon tree to produce blooms & fruit

About 8.5 years ago I successfully germinated a lemon seed from a store-bought lemon (I believe it was a Eureka lemon). Fast-forward to today and that lemon seed has grown into a 9-foot tall tree. ...
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Can I graft a zone 10 tree's scion onto a zone 6 tree's rootstock?

I want to grow pomegranates outdoors in Souther Ontario (Canada), and I am wondering if this would be possible by grafting a pomegranate scion onto an apple rootstock. Does anyone know if this is ...