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Video:How to Graft a Fruit Tree

with Fred Padula

A great way to save space and create variety in your garden is by grafting fruit bearing trees. See the simple technique for grafting one tree to another tree in order to grow several varieties of fruit.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Graft a Fruit Tree

Hi, I’m Fred Padula, and I’m here for About.com. I’m going to show you how to do grafting in your garden.

Why Graft?

In this case I’m going to graft three different peaches onto one peach tree. It is very handy to have three different varieties on one tree particularly if you have limited yard space and you can only have space for one tree. From one tree you can have three, four, five varieties of fruit. It’s very handy.

Grafting Equipment

It’s very simple to graft, I’ll demonstrate that to you now. What you need is a pair of shears some grafting wax and some grafting tape.

Create Slit For New Bud

And you choose the place where you’re going to put the new bud on and you cut it and slit it, so that I can slide the new graft in.

Insert Bud Into Slit

So now I take the new bud and I cut it into a little wedge and I place it into the slit, very carefully lining up the bark. That’s what is critical; to make sure you line up the bark of the bud with the tree that you are grafting onto.

Seal Graft With Tape and Wax

And then you seal it up the best you can. Here I’m using electrical tape, which I personally prefer over grafting tape. It seems to be a little easier to use and I’ve had good luck with it. And then any place where air might be able to leak into it, I’ll seal it up. First I’ll cut the end off, because we really only want one bud or two at the most. And then I’ll seal up any place where air can possibly get into the grafting area.

Removing Grafting Tap and Wax

As the weather gets warmer, the sap will start flowing, and the graft will start budding out along with the rest of the tree. In a couple of months, after several leaves have developed, the tape can be removed.

That’s about it for grafting, simple enough. Join us again at About.com for more gardening information.
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