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Grafting Fruit Trees Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A35
Grafting Fruit Trees Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A35 Author:Larry Southwick From inside front cover: — "If you think of yourself as the Twentieth Century's Johnny Appleseed, ready to sow fruit seed across your back yard, think again. That seed from the apple you've just eaten may grow to tree size and bear fruit both beautiful and delicious, but the chances are it will not. And you can waste many years finding out, as yo... more »u wait for it to grow to apple bearing size.
But this doesn't mean that you can't propagate your apple trees - select varieties and add them to existing trees, or start with rootstock and grow varieties you want, much as commercial orchardists do it.
The secret is grafting.
The term stirs fear in the heart of the amateur, but shouldn't. Grafting is more complex than planting seeds,but is easily learned. And it requires planning. You cannot declare, "Today I will graft," and achieve satisfactory results. But with care - and a thorough reading of Lawrence Southwick's writing that follows - you can grow the fruits you want, and share a deep satisfaction unknown to those who buy their fruit at the market."« less