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Bark grafting
Bark grafting

There are three main grafting techniques we use in winter— whip tongue, cleft, and bark grafting. Bark grafting is used when grafting onto rootstocks or branches that are larger than about 30 mm in diameter, and is a good way to change a whole [...]

Budding (summer grafting) – recap
Budding (summer grafting) – recap

Budding is an easy way to graft a new variety on to an existing fruit tree, fix pollination problems (and boost production) by adding a polliniser, or save a tree that has died back to the graft. As long as the bark is still lifting on the hos [...]

Cleft grafting
Cleft grafting

The grafting method you choose depends on the size of the rootstock tree you’re grafting onto. This article looks at cleft grafting, which is perfect for larger rootstocks, or when you have a mismatch between the size of your rootstock, and t [...]

Fruit trees for free
Fruit trees for free

If you know what to look for, and you’re lucky, you might be able to glean some free fruit trees, either from your garden or somebody else’s. Volunteer trees (ie, trees that come up by themselves) may have grown from seed, or can be suckers fr [...]

Grafting calendar
Grafting calendar

Growing your own fruit trees is a seasonal process involving lots of patience, and made up of many small jobs at different times of the year. Each month we let you know what they are (and how to do them), but we thought it would also be useful [...]

Grafting success & failure
Grafting success & failure

It’s usually pretty obvious by the end of spring whether or not your grafts have taken, which gives you the chance to decide what to do next. In this article we look at some successes and failures to see what we can learn. Read the article in [...]

Grafting the old way
Grafting the old way

Grafting has been practised for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and is the method by which all our known heritage varieties of fruit have been preserved through the generations. Modern grafting techniques rely both on refrigeration (to k [...]

Grafting your own trees
Grafting your own trees

There are lots of good reasons for grafting fruit trees: to change varieties, preserve a heritage or familiar variety or to add a polliniser to a tree that flowers well but doesn’t produce much fruit. This week we look at reasons for grafting, [...]

Grafting, budding and rootstocks
Grafting, budding and rootstocks

If you’re growing your own fruit trees from scratch, lots happens in spring, and it’s worth paying attention! To help you keep track of all the different aspects of your rootstock and grafting care, we’ve summarised spring’s jobs. Read the ar [...]

Grow fruit trees from seed
Grow fruit trees from seed

Growing your own fruit trees from seed is easy, cheap and nearly always successful, and now is the time of year to be collecting apple and pear seeds and storing them over winter, to start your new trees next spring. Given the right conditions [...]

Grow peach trees from seed
Grow peach trees from seed

When you’re growing your own peach trees from seed at home, the truth is it doesn’t really matter what variety of peach you use as a source of seed—whatever variety you have will do! Some varieties will grow a great rootstock, some not so good [...]

Grow trees by “budding”
Grow trees by “budding”

Budding can be used to convert an existing fruit tree to a new variety, fix pollination problems by adding a pollinising branch to a tree, create a multigraft (or ‘fruit salad’) tree, ‘fix’ a grafted tree that has died back to the rootstock, o [...]