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Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 28, 2020 7:45 AM CST
I received a very young key lime tree as a gift, and I'm pretty stoked because I have a Meyer lemon tree that I love and I had been thinking of getting more citrus. My issue is I can't really tell where the graft point is. There's a long, horizontal branch that might be a sucker but it's hard to tell because the tree is so young but also because everything is branching out right at the dirt level. I scooped back some of the dirt at the base for this photo so you could see what I mean, but I'm not really sure. When I got my Meyer lemon tree, it was a bit older than this and had a clear trunk and graft point several inches above the dirt so it was less ambiguous. Any advice would be extremely appreciated!

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Bryan, TX
May 28, 2020 8:13 AM CST
I have not grafted lime trees, so I don't know the most common practice, but many types of plants are grafted by attaching a piece of root to a piece of branch. If that is the method that was used, everything above ground is one type, and all the root system is a different type.
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May 28, 2020 10:17 AM CST
It looks like the graft is at the side branch.
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