Okay. I’m beginning my adventures in grafting. Two of my espaliered (Am I even using that Frenchy word correctly? I know what I mean.) fruit trees are a little sparse with their lateral branches. My goal this year is to learn how to graft. I’ve never done it before – ever; so I’m a bit apprehensive hoping that I don’t cause damage at worst or the grafts don’t take at least. So here I go into my exploration.
The O’Henry Peach Tree is in need of two lateral branches. When the tree was planted as a bare root there weren’t any lower branches and none have sprouted in the two years it has been in the garden. Two sprouts with buds were clipped and placed in a labeled plastic bag and sealed.
The Fantasia Nectarine is in need of three lateral branches. One of the middle branches was removed because it died. I think it may have suffered sunburn…not sure. The same clean cuts were made on the nectarine just like the peach.
The cuttings are in the garage refrigerator. I was instructed to let them rest there until the buds on the trees begin to swell sometime in February.
Courtesy Gardening Know How
At that point, I make a “T” cut on the tree where I would like to make the graft. I’m getting several bits of advice for the next step. Do I use wax, tar, or foil to seal the graft? The image above suggests to simply bind the graft with some twine. My research continues.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Now I need to consider espaliering (How do you correctly use that Frenchy word?!) the camellias.