Propagation forum: Grafting-Japanese Maple

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(Zone 8a)
Jun 30, 2017 8:59 AM CST
Hi all. I am interested in learning to graft, specifically Japanese Maples. I have the general idea of how it works so I would like to try my hand. I could use your expert advise on the following:

1-Does anyone know where to buy rootstock and scions?
2-I would like to start my own rootstock from seed if I decide to keep doing it. Does it matter which Acer Palmatum I use for rootstock?
3-any tips and tricks would be appreciated.
He who plants the seed beneath the sod and waits until it pushes through the clod, he trusts in God.
Name: Horace Williams
Burnsville, NC (Zone 6b)
Aug 15, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Hey Robin,
The answer to your questions is:
1. We sell rootstock and scions at my nursery. We are in zone 6a. There are 2 times to do grafting. Mid February and mid June for us.
2. You may use the 2 following rootstocks: Acer Palmatum(green) and Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum(red). You can graft other Acers on these as well. Circinatum, Japonicum, and Shirasawanum just to list a few.
3. Practice, practice. Clean grafting knife and scion cutter with every cultivar change.
Zone 6b Burnsville NC
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