Grafting citrus – ouch!

Grafting citrus – ouch!

With the bark still lifting and the sap still flowing, we have already knocked over all our budding for the season! That must be a first. It feels like we’re always rushing at the wrong end of the season to bud tough old buds to sleepy seedlings that are ready to go...
3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

Do you know how to graft? Have you tried, but had mixed success? It’s not hard, but has lots of aspects to it, and is one of those skills (like pruning) that needs practice to cement the theory. We love it when people who have been to our workshops get back to...
Success in the nursery

Success in the nursery

It’s so nice when things work as they’re supposed to! A successful grafted cherry tree in the nursery The grafting in Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery finished a few weeks ago, and now we can see whether it worked or not. Excitingly, most of them...
In praise of the apple seedling

In praise of the apple seedling

One of our favourite books from Maine – the apple nerd state If you’ve inherited a garden, or moved into a house with existing fruit trees, there’s a very good chance you won’t know what they are – because it’s a rare homeowner who...
Practical grafting

Practical grafting

We thought we’d show you a couple of practical ways you can use grafting to save or improve fruit trees – it’s such a cool way of getting functional fruit trees in your garden for free, that we recommend everyone learn it! Grafting success! You can...
Harvesting  rootstock trees

Harvesting rootstock trees

Back in August 2018 we tried an experiment to grow our own rootstock trees, in a technique called a stool bed, and the results are out – we’ve just done our first harvest! Merv harvesting apple trees from Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery stool bed...
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