13/03/19 - Project Update - Evening folks, I’ve been having fun decorating my lounge the last couple of weeks (its only taken me 8 years to get round to it 🙄) but today had a study day. Since January, we’ve been doing quite a bit of grafting. Today, I made a ‘Family’ apple tree (Malus domestica) - which is one that has more than one cultivar grafted on to it - and I finished with nine in the end on mine 😂 (including the original cultivar of the rootstock).
Have tried a few different grafting techniques in the past, and will post a few photos soon of some of those on other experiments. But here I’ve used four different methods as a bit of fun. Pic taken before some of them were tied and waxed, just so you can see where the joins are. Each branch is different with a label so I remember which is which 😉
Top right is a ‘Cleft’ graft, middle right is an ‘Inlay’ graft, and bottom right is a side ‘Wedge’ graft. I also did an ‘Apical Wedge’ graft on a couple of them but forgot to take a pic. All tied and new waxed now to stop moisture and disease getting in until the grafts fully heal 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 watch this space!!
Thxs for sharing all that. I’m familiar with the inlay graft. Is your just inserted down in there and hiding its own?? We would use a clothes pin to hold it there. I’m anxious to try the others!! Do u perfect one over another??? It’s like we’re all getting a lesson and we don’t have to go to school!!! Just kidding!!! Thxs again I’m going to voice record all of this just in case something happens to my phone. Really appreciate it👍🏻👍🏻🤗🤗🤗😊💕
No probs Terri - haven’t forgotten about your previous question either on another post, will reply to that soon. I know what you mean about the clothes pin, it came up today in class and in the past some people used to use a nail/tack to hold the inlay graft in place. Mine was quite tight and fairly wedged in, and then after a rubber tie and wax put on it I’m confident it will hold. It’s going to be in the polytunnel so won’t be exposed to the winds 😊 @terrimclaughlin
Yep 👍🏼 each graft area is now covered in green grafting wax to seal it. Didn’t take a photo yet, but I can take another pic tomorrow to show you (and the mess I made with the wax, it drips everywhere!! 😂😂) @terrimclaughlin