2018 Grafting Thread


Yesterday, an absolutely fabulous multi-branched Tomcot arrived on Lovell from Raintree.

I carefully planted it in my backyard in a higgily piggily raised bed.

I amended my backyard loam with coarse perlite, sand, leaf litter, and pine bark mulch. I wanted this apricot tree to be pampered— to be well-elevated in a nicely-draining medium. During yesterday’s planting, it was 91 F and sunny. I was sucking water right out of the garden hose.

Today, I finally did my first pass of apricot grafts— all clefts except one saddle. I was fortunate to have on hand some lively and perfectly-sized scionwood provided by fellow forum members.

The Tomcot had enough branches to accomodate all of the scion varieties I obtained this winter… so I grafted them all!

Here is a photo of all of the grafts I set. Left to right: Florilege; Early Blush; OrangeRed; Moniqui; Hesse Weinberger (plumcot); Robada; Lasgerdi Mashad; and Hoyt. If these all take, then I’ll have nine (9) kinds of cots on one tree!

The finished product after some hefty mulching with sprigs of fraser fir and pine bark mulch.


Number 2 persimmon: Tam Kam



I am seeing some bud break on pear and mulberry I grafted about a week ago . Fingers crossed . Hope they take . Waiting on persimmon to leaf out a little more before I graft them . Should be ready in a few days .


Sounds like a good sign. Carry on.



Has anybody grafted cherry with just flower buds on the scion? My graft started to bloom but I don’t see any vegetative growth.


I just wanted to shout out to everyone that supported my habit and has kept me busy over the last week or so with grafting! Yesterday I finished up most of my grafts as I grafted some pears, peaches, plums/pluots. Pawpaws and Apples earlier this week and soon will finish off with the Persimmons.

I want to thank EVERYONE that sent me wood and answered all my annoying questions… @JesseS @lordkiwi that even send me some rootstock. Maria, Jason, Dave. Drew. Ammo. Scott, Steve, Jolene, Noel, Mark, Vincent, and I know I missed some… @Sophia2017 sent me Lulu and Dripping honey… Thanks!!!

I want to make a special shout to @Hillbillyhort… You KICK A$$… in other words… you rock!!

Thanks so much to all!! YOU ALL ROCK!! I hope I do all your wood justice!


Three of my pear grafts from back in March. These are Ayers, moonglow and orient on my Leconte…all whip and tongue…can’t believe how quickly they took off…

Then I got a bunch of grafting done to my peach seedling…got about 10 different varieties from a generous person…they included, mid-pride, rio oso, spring time, loring, fei cheng tao, silver logan and old mixon…I think peach grafting is my new favorite…


Here is my first mutigrafted tree.
I do a lot of grafting here and have for a long time.
I always thought more than one variety on a tree was a wast of my time ,
As I could make 2 trees instead of one for the same amount of effort.
And I have plenty of room.
But I had a lot of scions left over.and I was going to cut this tree down,it’s a Braburn apple tree, it does not do good here,.
So I am going to use it as variety back up for now.
Did not do this for production.
Just to store varietys
Lost count of how many in the excitement of it all.
And it might be fun for a while


I bought this home depot Macintosh tree last year on sale when trees got down to 75% off. I used it to practice my bud grafting last summer. I think I had a 100% failure rate on that. Now it is my host for my multi graft tree. 27 grafts in total.


It seems to have taken. But not sure if it will survive based on what I’m hearing.


Orcas pear on ohxf87


Grafts from last year seem to be going gang busters.

Akane, Cherry Cox, Bramley


I had bad luck grafting persimmons last year. Zero for eight. Lesson learned. This year I was more careful. Wrapped entire scions with parafilm and performed long Z-grafts at rootstock bud break. 100% success. They took a long time to begin growing, about 45 days.


Watch out for suckers below your persimmon graft. You must rub them out immediately or risk your graft dying off. If you graft high you’ll need to rub off almost daily!


My grafts this year are on large trees that have been leafing out for a couple months now. I needed a ladder to reach this one.

You can see the main branch on the right side of the first photo. Are you talking about suckers that appear at the branch crotch directly below the graft? I have been rubbing those off as they form. I’m letting the rest of the tree grow out though.


So I have 2 Anna apples onto which I grafted Golden Dorset (thank you @bobinoc). One of the apples bloomed profusely; the other one right next to it, had maybe 2 blooms on the whole tree. The 3 grafts on the shy bloomer suceeded with only vegetative growth. The 2 grafts I did on the big bloomer looked like this.
Coincidence? I guess I thought that the bloom was determined before dormancy. Maybe there is more to it.


This is my most vigorous graft this year. It has already split the Temflex and parafilm. All that was left was the portion wrapped above the graft. So…I got an early look at my handiwork.



Looks like it might take, Katy.



It’s doing well. The both buds have formed branches that are over two feet. It’s grafted fairly high on the rootstock and the whole plant now is chest high on me and I’m pretty tall. It’s an Oscar mulberry and I had dismal results with my mulberries this year but this one is fantastic. I am surprised that the temflex splits. The power of the growth of the graft is surprising.



I’m talking about all suckers. I won’t tell you what to do…so experiment and have fun. What I would do is be vigilant with sucker removal. I have watched healthy grafts with 2 feet of growth wither and dampen off when a down trunk sucker grew too large ( d. Lotus root). If you’re looking for more grafting attachments on your tree stop rubbing out next year.