Grafting for a Tree Makeover

| 5/13/2013 4:59:00 PM

Tags: tree grafting, grafting fruit trees, Lee Reich,

Lee Reich describes the weekly goings-on at his farmden (more than a garden, less than a farm) at

I might be accused of being the Henry the Fourth of horticulture. Visitors here are amazed — or is it shocked? — to learn of my apparent ruthlessness.

Bark graft scion after cutting.

A case in point: I grow about two dozen varieties of pear, all trees I made myself by growing rootstocks from pear seeds and grafting onto those rootstocks one or more stems (known as scions) of a variety I want to grow. (Pears on seedling rootstocks grow very large and I’m afraid of heights. So I usually make dwarf trees by grafting scions onto scions of special dwarfing rootstocks that, in turn, get grafted on the seedling rootstocks.) Problem is that I’ve never tasted many of the varieties I’ve grown. I chose them from recommendations or from printed descriptions. Alas, some varieties never live up to their promise, for me at least. And then, it’s off with their heads.

8/2/2015 12:45:50 PM

Hi Lee, Thanks so much for your article! I love peaches & nectarines and can never seem to grow them, especially from seed. I never dreamed you could attach scions to a different tree altogether and multiple scions around a sawed off base is even more fascinating. I am in zone 9 which could be part of the problem because I know you need a certain amount of time in low temperatures in order to bear fruit. I would love to learn more. Any suggestions for books, web sites or other sources for learning more? Of course, further tips from you would be welcomed for sure. Thanks again.

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