Looking for someone locally/apple grafting

eclecticcottage(6b wny)April 19, 2013

I'm looking for someone in the WNY area to help out with some grafting. I've got an old apple tree that's going to fall off the cliff (literally) within a few years. I have a crab apple that I can graft to, but I'd like to graft to rootstock as well to plant an independant tree. I would LOVE to trade several cuttings from my apple for help with this project. I have NO idea what kind of apple it is-the fruit are smaller, reddish variety. They taste pretty good for eating but are a bit bland in pies. This tree has likely been here over 100 years, I found reference to the area being a "recreational area" with "orchards" in the 1920's. There are a few other apple trees around, none quite as large as this one though. It's quite healthy, especially given it's probable age. I am basically looking to keep this tree's lineage going, as I don't know for sure if it's the same as others around here or not. If you're able to help, shoot me an email and we can talk :)

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Elec,

You can try topwork it. Not too hard. Use barkgraft. Apples are fairly easy graft to take. Look at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Topwork crabapple

This post was edited by tonytran on Sat, Apr 20, 13 at 8:30

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 8:20AM
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greenpagoda

do it yourself. Use chip budding method. You can
do this in spring. Be sure to use a leaf bud to transfer
to a stock. Cut the chip in the stock, then the whole.
Have the budstick ready. Cut the "chip" first, real shallow
then do the "top" being sure to cut under the chip to leave
like 1/8" of green to slip into the slot. (look up pnotos of how to do) Be Very ready to put the bud in, time is of
the essence. While you may not touch bud surfaces you may pinch the very top with your fingernails. slide
in within 10 seconds. Can't? put on your tongue upside
down so you can pinch the top to place it. Use strips
of a pretty sturdy plastic bag 1/2" wide to wrap. Do this
carefully and make sure it is waterproof.
Best results are dormant to dormant Or dormant twig
bud to a stock that has just started growing. All buds
are not out at the same time. If the stock is growing
the bud should "take" in three weeks. Unwrap and
check. If it is firmly attached re wrap top, then bottom
leaving the bud exposed. Cut off the top to force your
new bud making sure you seal the cut by any method.
wax from a candle, pruning sealer, 3 layers light
latex paint.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 9:33AM
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eclecticcottage(6b wny)

Hm, I'll look into it. The crab apple is an older tree as well, I'm going to guess at 50-60 years old based on its location.

Below is my apple tree I'm looking to "save".

For chip budding, I need to find new growth? The crab apple is always putting shoots up where I DONT want them, I will have to look for some to use where I DO want them.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:06PM
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