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Grow your own seedlings
Grow your own seedlings

Grafting your own fruit trees is a great way to change varieties in your garden, preserve a heritage variety, or add a polliniser to a tree that flowers well, but doesn’t produce much fruit. In this article we get down to the nitty-gritty with [...]

Plan your budding this summer
Plan your budding this summer

Every fruit tree in your garden should be pulling its weight, which means it should be fulfilling the purpose you have in mind for it. If it’s not, grafting may be the solution, and while you can still be doing the last of  the winter (well, s [...]

Plan your grafting this winter
Plan your grafting this winter

Every fruit tree in your garden should be pulling its weight, which means it should be fulfilling the purpose you have in mind for it. If it’s not, grafting may be the solution. Winter is the time to be making some decisions about which trees [...]

Practice budding (summer grafting)
Practice budding (summer grafting)

There are two great reasons to do some budding (summer grafting) this year; the first is to continually improve your garden so that every fruit tree is pulling its weight, i.e., fulfilling the purpose you have in mind for it. The second reason [...]

Propagating fruit trees – who owns varieties?
Propagating fruit trees – who owns varieties?

Ever wondered why we grow so many heritage varieties here? One reason is that we want to help preserve them, and the best way to do that is to grow them, but the other reason is that many modern varieties are not easily available to small grow [...]

Rootstocks explained
Rootstocks explained

With fruit trees costing $25-$45 from most nurseries, growing your own fruit trees from scratch becomes an attractive option, especially when you realise how easy it is. Autumn is the time to be planning where you’ll get the rootstocks that yo [...]

Whip-tongue grafting
Whip-tongue grafting

Grafting your own fruit trees is a great way to change varieties in your garden, preserve a heritage variety, or add a polliniser to a tree that flowers well, but doesn’t produce much fruit. We’ve already shown you  how to grow your own rootst [...]

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