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Name: Cdm
(Zone 9a)
CDM
Sep 13, 2014 12:54 PM CST
I am new to this and have sprouted 15 avodaco's from the large Florida variety. They are all very healthy. I would like to graft some of them in an experiment to see if I can produce fruit. I am however confused on the terminology of 'grafting'.

I am in Florida and have access to several mature, fruiting trees. What I need to know is when the term "scion wood with buds" is used does that mean leaf buds or flower buds? Or will just a nice, healthy section of branch work?

Also, I have a couple of trees that were grafted by others from fruit producing trees. However, they have not as yet produced fruit. Will a graft to my root stock from one of these young trees result in a producing tree (maybe)?

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 13, 2014 3:29 PM CST
Hi and Welcome! to ATP. Whereabouts in FL are you? Pictures are always helpful and it would be great to see the grafted trees you already have. Do you know how old they are? The first few years with mine, it was about as tall as its years i.e. 3ft. tall it was 3yr. old.

I think you are expecting a lot in trying to grow and graft avocado trees yourself. They take from 6 to 8 years to begin fruiting either from seed or from an initial graft (providing the graft takes in the first place). I'm sure you know that a start from a seed will not necessarily produce the same type of fruit that the seed came from. It depends upon who it got pollen from. Avo's are wind-pollinated so it might have been any roving pollen from blocks around . . .

My advice on this would be to have fun trying all your various combinations, but don't set your heart on seeing fruit for years, and then on the fruit being good. Hedge your bet. Right now this minute, go get yourself a nice little 3 or 4 year old tree from a good nursery. The large-fruited variety I had at our other house (also in Sarasota) that was very successful was 'Choquette'. This way you will be enjoying a harvest in a couple of years while you wait for your others to 'come to fruition'.
Elaine

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Name: Cdm
(Zone 9a)
CDM
Sep 13, 2014 3:35 PM CST
Hi;

I am in Crystal River. Same zone you are in I think. I will do some pics first chance I get.

I am not anticipating any fantastic outcomes. I have read a lot about the process. More than anything I want to do the grafting process and see if it takes.

I have ordered two trees from a local nursery; don't remember the names but they are very suited to my location (according to the experts).

Thanks for the input...

Carl

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