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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30

Title:
GRAFTING APPLES

Author:
Stanley M. Foster

pp: 321-322

Abstract:
Greenleaf Nursery Company is headquartered approximately 90 mile southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Park Hill. Our Texas division is located in south Texas approximately 70 miles southwest of Houston at El Campo. Both nurseries are exclusively producing container grown ornamentals, growing a broad selection of narrowleaved and broadleaved evergreens, trees, and shrubs.

At present time we at Greenleaf graft 16 cultivars of fruiting apples, crabapples, flowering pears, and fruiting pears. This year we will graft a little over 100,000 trees. Of these grafts, we expect 85 to 90% to be high enough quality to be planted in the field.

Our apple grafting season starts about January 2nd each year. We use the whip or tongue method of grafting on both apples and pears. Preferably, the scion and understock should be of equal diameter. The scion should contain 2 or 3 buds with the first graft cut made in the smooth internode area below the lower bud. This first cut should be a long smooth, sloping cut

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