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April 07, 2021 4 min read
Have you always tried to replicate Grandma’s apple pie recipe but just couldn’t find apples that tasted like hers? Do you wish you could just pick the whole apple tree from her yard and put it in yours? Plant grafting is one way to make this wish come true without going through all the effort of moving and replanting a fully mature apple tree.
One of the ways to graft a plant via https://www.flickr.com/photos/scotnelson/13928794008/
Cleft plant grafting in 4 steps via Oda, 1999. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cleft_Grafting_Technique.jpgAnother way to graft a plant involves cutting the rootstock at a 30º angle and the scion at a 60º angle and taping them together without placing it inside of the rootstock. This method is labelled (d) below. As seen in the picture below, there are a few different ways to go about grafting plants so be sure to try them all if one doesn’t work out for you.
6 different ways of plant grafting via Wang 2016. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.14383
The Tree of 40 fruit via Sam van AkenOf course, you don’t have to go all out and make a tree with 40 grafts on it, you could start small like van Aken did and make a plant with a few different colored leaves and flowers. The possibilities seem endless and you can try to see what combinations you could come up with is fun project.
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