Tree Grafting and Self-pollinizers - Knowledgebase Question

Woodinville, Wa
Question by rukiyas
January 15, 2011
Hi,

We want to buy some fruit trees at the local Costco, but they are trees that have grafts on them and are


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Answer from NGA
January 15, 2011

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Most fruit trees are grafted. This simply means that the named variety of fruit tree has been placed onto a vigorous rootstock. The graft is the swollen area on the lower part of the trunk and as the tree matures you won't see the graft - both the rootstock and the top of the tree will grow together to become one unit. After you've planted your trees and they are well established (about a year in the ground), you can remove any wrapping that's around the graft. Full sunshine is important to the health of a fruit tree and is also important for good fruit set. Choose the sunniest area possible when planting your fruit trees. Self-pollinating means you don't need a second tree of the same variety for fruit set. I find that fruit trees bear a heavier crop if they are cross-pollinated so if you have room for two apple trees or two cherry or two peach trees, both trees will set more fruit. Hope this answers all your questions. Good luck with your fruit trees.

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