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Grafting Diagrams

If you love to experiment with grafting your woody plants, you'll appreciate these grafting diagrams by Rick Gush.

In the January/February 2009 Hobby Farms, you can read an article discussing the benefits and various ways to graft plants. Here are more diagrams of grafting approaches by Rick Gush for you to try.Approach Graft

Approach Graft
An approach graft, which united two unsevered stems, is used by arborsculptors to produce joints, by bonsai growers to add a branch where none exists and by horticulturists to bypass damaged areas.

This is the type of graft that occurs spontaneously in nature when stems or trunks press together.

Inarch Graft
Inarching live bridge grafting, is used to bypass a damaged area of a tree trunk.
Inarch Graft

For more about grafting, click here for some online resources.
The scion can be an existing shoot or sucker, or can be a new plant planted alongside the damaged tree. 

Patch Budding
Plants with thick bark are often patch budded. Budding is done while the plants are actively growing, so their bark slips easily.

patch budding
A rectangular piece of it is removed from the rootstock and then covered with a bud and matching piece of bark from the scion.

Chip Budding
This budding method can be used when the bark is not slipping.

chip budding
Any interior wood should be removed from the scion bud before it is fitted into the matching notch in the rootstock.

This is the most commonly used budding technique, and is performed when plants are actively growing.
The whole bud piece of the scion is slipped into a pocket cut into the rootstock bark.
Cleft Grafting
This is one of the most common methods for changing fruit variety on a mature fruit tree.
cleft grafting
Banana Graft
This graft is used to produce particularly strong unions on small fruit tree rootstocks.
banana graft


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Wow! This is just so neat!...!!!!!
Bethnay, Fayetteville, TN
Posted: 5/1/2011 10:57:03 AM
I thought something like this would work although I had not heard of this being an actual method. Are there any 'Do not do this...' by using this/these grafting method(s)?

ALTalking, Livermore, CA
Posted: 7/23/2010 7:22:33 AM
I have never done any grafting but might just give it a try now. Thanks.
Frank, Newmarket, ON
Posted: 6/27/2010 7:01:22 AM
These are great. I've been looking for a good source for grafting. Thanks!
Pam, Pinson, TN
Posted: 6/7/2010 9:28:44 AM
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