How to Graft a Tree

How to Graft a Tree

 

Grafting a tree is one of the most exciting things you can possibly do in the garden. Sure, it may be a little more complicated than the beginner stuff that we have you do every once in a while, but this activity is quite refreshing, and you’ll love the change of pace and the difference of feel that grafting brings along with it.

For those who don’t know, grafting is the process where you cut off a tree midway from the stem, and then stick in small twigs of other trees which you’d like to grow on this specific tree. This way, you end up with having multiple species of trees growing out of the same tree. You can even have multiple fruits being bore by the same tree. This seems almost like magic, but really isn’t, as we’ll show you in this article how you can start grafting trees on your own. Keep in mind that this is a relatively difficult task and will require patience on your end.

Collect the cyan wood

The first thing which you’ll be getting is the cyan wood, that is: the small twigs which you want to grow into the other cut tree. Therefore, you should take twigs from your favorite plants out there. Make sure the twigs are nice and neat, evenly sized and not too large. Now go ahead and put them into plastic bags so that moisture doesn’t reach them. After this, you should place the plastic bags in the refrigerator. You should be doing this in mid-autumn, or around that time. Make sure you’re not too close to Spring as that’s the time when the actual grafting is going to take place.

You don’t need to add anything else to the plastic bags, just the cyan wood alone is enough.

Start Grafting

Grafting season is in Spring when the buds and leaves are beginning to come out of the trees after autumn has ended.

We’ll be doing a simple graft which is the easiest for beginners to follow. Get a knife to cut the tree from the stem. This tree is the one which you selected for the grafting, so make sure it’s not too thick otherwise it’s going to be quite difficult when you’re trying to slice it in half with a knife. Once you’ve selected a young, thin tree, get a simple knife and cut it around the center.

Once you’ve done that, take your knife and just push the knife into the already cut up stem of the tree. You want to just separate it from the bark. We’re talking about the stem which is attached to the roots. Once the bark and stem are a little separate, you can pick up your cyan wood, and cut it from both sides on one end so that it’s nice and flat. Add this into the cavity you created. Repeat this for as much cyan wood as you want.

Once you’re done, just cover up the joint with some flagging tape to hold everything in place. Then you simply seal the open areas with any sort of mixture, like wood glue, to avoid moisture escaping.