Crazy grafts

3 beans, one tree. honey locust, 20 years old.

Scarlet runner bean:

ttried to put it on this year’s growth, a green shoot from the tree about the size of the bean vine. I know there’s a name for this graft, a reverse cleft? it was the best I could do. I have a ton of red runners so I experimented with these a few ways before settling on this.

greasy bean: now I love these and was only willing to sacrifice one plant to this. if this takes whole tree will be greasy bean next year lol. I went overboard on attaching it and picked the least bird-exposed spot for this one.

you can see the snap pea in the cutting photo.
here’s the snap pea attached, I have low hopes for this one.

long shot of tthe beans. I’ll go another round if anyone knows a better way to try, I’ll try it. I’m not a skilled grafter in general so, anything complex I will try but expect failure please. I have many red runners and lazy pole beans I can play with, the lazy beans will be leafing and thick stemmed end of the week.

I also have a black locust I can try on, it’s harder to get to though and I won’t be able to monitor like I can these (I can see these from my hammock)


The article was behind a paywall so I googled it. It turns out that only three of the five people who ate the tomatoes got sick and the person who did the grafting had learned to do so from someone else who had been doing it for years without harm. It turns out the person who had been doing it longer always removed the leaves (I would assume that meant they didn’t let anything grow below the graft) whereas the person who grew the grafted tomatoes which made 3 of the 5 sick had not removed the leaves of the jimson weed below the graft.



Does that mean you want to try it and eat them?

I have no reason to. I just like complete information.

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peas are sad

greasy bean, surprisingly, is still growing onward, and has two new leaves as I would expect from it being in the ground though the old leaves are wilted.

red runner bean, eh?

tomorrow I’ll try the black locust. it’s in full flower but the bark is still “slipping”- the closest it gets on that tree. will post photos as I go. again any suggestions about a better way to do this- scion/stock selection, graft methods etc would be appreciated. I’m a beginner.

I can try bark grafts maybe on the black locust? I don’t like that tree much and don’t mind tormenting it. the flowers taste nice though.

Maybe try to clip most of the leaves off and protect it from drying out until or if it takes. Some people use foil to protect it against the sun. Maybe spray it every once in a while? Somebody here more experienced than I might have some better pointers. There is an art to grafting non-dormant scions.

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it’s in the shady branch of the tree so sun shouldn’t hit it. maybe I’ll remove big leaves and wrap or wax the stem? a little further. good thinking