As we select plants in nurseries, it is important to inspect the graft joint. This is the place where the scion meets rootstock. Unfortunately, even some commercially produced plants from reputable suppliers may have problems with the graft quality. The performance of such plants will suffer and they may be short lived. In the picture below is my Moro blood orange that I purchased years ago. This tree never grew well. A couple of years ago after noticing sprouts from the rootstock, I grafted the scions from this tree onto the sprouts. The green portion of the tree (on the right) is from my new graft, and the yellowish part is the original tree.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Graft quality matters
In this post I describe how to identify good and bad graft joint unions, and why joint quality matters.
Persimmon grafts seem to be very sensitive to infections, if not properly healed. Below is a joint on a two year old, commercially purchased persimmon tree. I do not think this tree can live for much longer. I will need to re-graft it on new rootstock.
An example of properly healed peach graft below:
An excellent avocado graft (2.5 years old), where the joint has almost disappeared:
An excellent plum graft (2.5 years old):
The smother and the straighter the graft joint, the higher the chance that the tree will become a great performer.
When choosing trees at nurseries, we should pay attention to the graft joint and select the best one.
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