Grafting Citrus Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Osteen, FL
Question by FLOMEX
March 7, 1998
Do you have instructions for grafting citrus trees?


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Answer from NGA
March 7, 1998

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growth flush after it has matured and hardened. Older growth flushes can be used if the bark is still green.

Round twigs about the size of a pencil are preferred. The buds located in the axils of the leaves (where the leaf is attached to the wood) should be well-developed but still dormant.

After the budwood is cut from the tree, the undesirable wood and/or growthflush should be removed and the remaining budwood should be trimmed to length of 8-10 inches. The leaves should be cut off leaving a stub of the petiole 1/8 inch long to protect the buds. Trimmed budsticks should be labeled and used immediately or placed in a plastic bag in a cool place. Include a moist paper towel to maintain turgidity and freshness.

Budding can be done anytime there is a suitable stock on which the bark is slipping and when suitable budwood is available. Give a slight twist to open the bark at the T. The point of the knife can be used to lift the bark along the vertical cut, if necessary.

Cut a bud from the budstick while holding the apical end of the budstick away from you.

Insert the bud shield under the bark flaps of the stock so that the cut surface is flat against the wood. The bud shield should be completely enclosed in the T. Wrapping should be firm without being excessively tight.

The wrapping should be removed after 2-3 weeks, as union with the stock should have occured by that time. The bud is then forced into growth by lopping and tied at regular intervals to prevent breakage. Remove all other buds and suckers from the rootstock as they appear. growth flush after it has matured and hardened. Older growth flushes can be used if the bark is still green.

Round twigs about the size of a pencil are preferred. The buds located in the axils of the leaves (where the leaf is attached to the wood) should be well-developed but still dormant.

After the budwood is cut from the tree, the undesirable wood and/or growthflush should be removed and the remaining budwood should be trimmed to length of 8-10 inches. The leaves should be cut off leaving a stub of the petiole 1/8 inch long to protect the buds. Trimmed budsticks should be labeled and used immediately or placed in a plastic bag in a cool place. Include a moist paper towel to maintain turgidity and freshness.

Budding can be done anytime there is a suitable stock on which the bark is slipping and when suitable budwood is available. Give a slight twist to open the bark at the T. The point of the knife can be used to lift the bark along the vertical cut, if necessary.

Cut a bud from the budstick while holding the apical end of the budstick away from you.

Insert the bud shield under the bark flaps of the stock so that the cut surface is flat against the wood. The bud shield should be completely enclosed in the T. Wrapping should be firm without being excessively tight.

The wrapping should be removed after 2-3 weeks, as union with the stock should have occured by that time. The bud is then forced into growth by lopping and tied at regular intervals to prevent breakage. Remove all other buds and suckers from the rootstock as they appear.

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