How small can you graft – Cleft Graft

Some varieties of trees only produce spindly small diameter scion wood, and very often you have a rootstock that is way to large in diameter, so what can you do ?.

You can do a cleft graft, as you would on a much larger growing tree.

Cleft Graft

Split the Rootstock with a sharp knife, watch your fingers.

 

Cleft Graft

Slide in a prepared Scion

Cleft Graft

Double Cleft Graft

Apply Parafilm or similar to the joint, if need be apply wax or sealer to any exposed wood (this needs some). This photo shows a double cleft graft, could be used with 2 different varieties of scion.

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