Top work graft

top work

This is by far my proudest gardening moment of this year. This past winter/spring I attended a couple seminars through the Snohomish County Fruit Society ( about how to graft fruit trees.

We have an apple tree in our back yard that was cut down to the ground years ago. The root stock grew back and it only produces little tiny apples that are not edible.  So I tempted fate and cut back one of the two trunks that grew back. I  grafted four different varieties of apples. Two of them took! I figure 50% odds are pretty good for a first attempt at top work grafting.

In the spring I will be purchasing more scions (the branches of a fruit tree), and tempting fate once again with the other trunk. I will document it and post pictures.

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