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

Strictly speaking something like a sour orange is possible. A lot of things are possible really. Citrus hybridization can get very complicated. There are four 'parent species' of citrus (Citron, ...
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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

John McPhee wrote a very witty book on oranges, entitled, not surprisingly, 'Oranges'. One chapter recounts an effort to grow limes from seed, due to the pervasive presence of a virus in existing ...
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Can I graft elderberries (Sambucus)?

Because of the large pith cavity in elderberry stems, grafting is tricky and good grafts are rare. It's better to grow them from cuttings. Spliced side grafting onto one-year-old seedlings may be ...
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Are all plants able to be cloned?

The term you need is actually 'vegetatively propagated' rather than 'cloned'. The answer is, essentially, yes, by and large, almost all plants can be vegetatively propagated, though different parts of ...
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How does the "Ketchup 'n' Fries" plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

Grafting is an old technique where two plants are joined. The idea is to take two varieties with different properties (think: strength) and combine them. For fruit trees, that would be: a "...
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How should I prune this grafted lemon tree?

You may be right - the grafted part died back, the rootstock took over, and the only part that's left of the original grafted lemon is at the bottom. It shouldn't be thorny - the thorny parts will ...
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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

Your seedling will eventually get lemons if the conditions are right. It could take 5-10 years. Since you are growing from seed, it is impossible to know whether the lemons you get from your tree will ...
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Is this a sucker? Can they grow above the graft line?

Usually we reserve the term "sucker" to shoots arising from below the graft, and "water shoots" for those arising above the graft. The difference is that suckers allow inferior root stock vegetation ...
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How to fix a broken cactus

You can graft it back. If the wound has already dried, use a very sharp knife, as in a proper sharpened and honed chef's knife, and slice off a pickle slice off the top piece and bottom piece. Wrap ...
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Is it possible to graft together a self-pollinating cherry tree?

Here's how grafted a black gold cherry tree onto an overgrown Gisela 6 plant. I used to graft fruit trees fairly often for the (now nonexistent) nursery. So I had this one Gisela 6 rootstock plant, ...
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Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

Grafting compatibility depends on genetic similarity. Because of this, the most successful grafts are between species, within the genera. Inter-generic grafts are usually not successful, but in some ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I would approach this in a gradual fashion. The requested picture would help, but as a general idea, cut back perhaps 1/3 of the less desired part one year, and repeat. From a growth point of view, ...
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Why does the lime half of a grafted tree suffer, while the lemon half thrives?

I'm sorry to say there's probably nothing you can do to change the situation. It sounds as if the lime part of the grafted tree is failing because it doesn't have enough vascular tissue to conduct ...
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What happens when a scion from an older tree is grafted to a younger rootstock?

Almost all scions are from older trees than the rootstock, except when topworking an old tree to change variety. Then again, scions are generally the "less than 1 year old" wood from the older tree, ...
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Topping (ungrafting?) an ornamental weeping cherry

No can do, sorry. The trunk is called 'root stock' and it isn't the same as the grafted canopy. The canopy is actually a prostrate form of the cherry tree. It would grow flat on the ground if it ...
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How does the T budding grafting method provide contact between the cambium layers?

There is direct contact between the two cambium layers - the removed bud has cambium (meristematic tissue) exposed on the cut side, and the T cut made in the stem it's to be grafted to has the bark or ...
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Can I graft a zone 10 tree's scion onto a zone 6 tree's rootstock?

No, this will not work. Grafting only works reliably between species/genera,and sometimes between families. Pomegranates are not closely related to apples, so this will not work. Additionally, ...
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Can I graft a branch of a sweet orange onto a sour orange tree to get sweet fruit?

If you are comfortable with rind grafting (pictured below), Then yes, these trees are compatible. This is best done in early spring just before bud break. Be sure you leave some original growth, to ...
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Is it possible to graft miracle fruit to a rootstock that tolerates alkaline soil?

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) belongs to the Sapotaceae family, and you'd need host roots from a plant within that family, though whether there are any suitable or compatible isn't something I ...
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What trees are compatible for grafting with cherry trees?

IIRC, anything from the "Prunus" family, which includes plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and almonds as well as cherries. My personal rootstock preference is for "Mazzard" but that may depend on ...
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How to fix a broken cactus

I don't know of a way that you can graft it back together but if you plant that top part in a new pot you have a good chance for it to root and create a new plant.
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

If you splice graft, whip and tongue graft, or bud (or any of the many similar grafts) onto stems that are under 1/2" in diameter, it should produce budwood in 2-3 years. splice graft: Generally ...
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

Two years, it needs a growing season to establish, will set leaf buds the first winter and will start setting flower buds the second winter. Sometimes you'll get an early blossom, but you should cut ...
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Should I leave early rootstock budding in place?

There is no advantage to allowing the suckers to grow - wrench them off, or clean off the buds as they appear. All the time they're growing, they're taking sustenance away from the part of the tree ...
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Is inosculating trees for shape practical for the home garden?

Sure it will work. This is basically a form of espalier which is done in home gardens (including mine) all the time. I don't do anything out of the ordinary in terms of care for the trees I treat ...
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Part of fruit cocktail tree has died

The graft that dropped its leaves would be the apricot part, as nectarine and peach leaves look the same, and that's what's on those other two branches. I see from your comment: For those ...
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Which trees can I do grafting? is there some combination table I can refer to?

So far as I'm aware, there is no complete table displaying which plants can be grafted onto which plants. It's a bit of a broad question for such a specialist area, but broadly, most plants need to be ...
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