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How to Graft an apple tree

Posted by dasselhillsidefarm on March 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM

This is how an apple tree is grafted. We buy the rootstocks from a nursery. We cut the bud wood from the apple variety that we want, like Ginger Gold. We cut a notch in the rootstock and the bud wood. We fit them together and tape them. We coat the top of the tree with wax to keep the tree from drying out. Then we keep them in the cooler until we can plant them in our nursery.The rootstock controls the size and hardiness of the tree. The rootstocks that we use for our trees are hardier than the ones on the trees that you can buy from the nursery. That is why we graft our own.

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