grafting a peach tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pattiayres
February 15, 2011
I'm moving and would like to

Answer from NGA
February 15, 2011


You can remove a branch (called a scion) and graft it onto an existing rootstock to propagate your peach tree. If your new place has an existing peach tree, this won't cause much of a challenge. However, if you have no existing peach tree, you won't be able to take part of your peach tree with you when you move. Peach tree branches won't readily root. In this case, it's best to purchase a new peach tree when you get all moved. With this in mind, now's a great time to take your scion wood from your existing peach tree. Healthy branches less than 2 inches in diameter make good scion wood. The scion should be about 4 and 1/2 inches long. Choose a stem that has minimal knots. Presence of some buds within the scion is crucial. Your scion should include a minimum of three buds. Wrap the cut end in moistened paper towels and place it in a plastic bag. Transport it to the new location and cut the end on an angle, then make a similar cut the branch of the tree to accept the scion. Set the two together and wrap with flexible paper or plastic tape. With any luck at all the graft will take. Hope it does!

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