Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Grafting stems

What is it called when people attach orange tree limbs to an apple tree and it still grows? I thought that it was like gourding or something like that?

Anne's Response:

If you can attach an orange tree limb to an apple tree you have horticultural super powers. You can graft a stem of one variety of apple tree to another apple tree. You can graft a stem of an orange tree to the rootstock of a cold hardy poncirus or other citrus fruit. Most grafting is done within the same plant family. Just as in kidney transplants in humans, you have to have a donor and a recipient that are biologically compatible.

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