The Q&A Archives: Grafting Fruit Trees

Question: I would like to graft several varieties of fruit trees to one tree. Can you recommend any references on how to do grafting, material needed, and when is the best time? I have about 10 apple trees that are different varieties. The trees are about the width of my thumb and about 6
foot tall.

Answer: Grafting is a rewarding technique to learn, and practice makes perfect. Here are some books to consider. I'm not familiar with all of them, but I would imagine each would give the basic techniques of grafting. The last one on the list is a very complete, detailed textbook--I used a version of it in my plant propagation class in college. All these books are listed at the online bookstore, and I bet your local library could order them for you.

How to Graft Trees : The Art of Grafting and Budding, by Jack Frost Paperback Spiral edition (January 1991) ISBN: 1563021234

The Grafter's Handbook by R. J. Garner Paperback 5th Ed edition (March 1993) Cassell Academic; ISBN: 0304342742

The Complete Book of Plant Propagation by Charles W. Heuser (Editor), Richard Bird, Mike Honour, Clive Innes, Jim Arbury, Mike Salmon Hardcover - 224 pages (September 1997)
Taunton Pr; ISBN: 1561582344

Taylor's Easy Plant Propagation by Nancy J. Ondra, Barbara Ellis Paperback (May 1998)
Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap); ISBN: 0395862957

Plant Propagation : Principles and Practices by Hudson Thomas Hartmann (Contributor), Dale E. Kester, Fred T., Jr. Davies Hardcover - 912 pages 6th edition (January 1997) Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0132061031

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