Can I graft multi fruits to a mature peach tree?
I have 4 peach trees. One big Georgia belle planted 5 yrs ago, the other 3(red haven, Elberta, Georgia bell) planted 4 yrs ago.
I just harvested about 50 lb of peaches from the big Georgia belle 2 weeks ago, and most of the peaches were harvested within the window of one week. Although The other trees' harvest are at least 2-4 weeks away, but i know it's going to be good.
After last year's complete loss due to brown rot, I am overjoyed with the bumper crop. At the same time i am also overwhelmed with peaches:-). I can only make that much peach jam and canned peaches.
So I am thinking what if I graft some plum and apricot to each of my peach trees? that way, I will have some variety of fruit to eat and to make jam with.
So my question is:
1) is this possible or I am just being crazy? (My husband just rolled his eyes when I mentioned my idea). I googled graft and multi tree graft, it seems it's done when the stock trees are young, is my understanding correct? Can I still graft to mature trees like mine(planted 4-5 yrs ago)? What I have in mind is having a few branches of other fruit on a peach tree.
2) if it's possible, do I graft to the main trunk or one of the main branch or....?
3) I don't have plum, apricot trees, can I buy one and use some cutting as scion? Or can I buy scion somewhere?
4) I also have some mature flowering crab apple trees, can I graf some apple to it?
I have lots of questions about graft, but first thing first, is grafting other fruits in the same family to mature peach trees possible?
PS this big Georgia belle had severe borer damage three yrs ago, it was almost beyong saving. some of you experts suggested to give it a try. It sure paid off. By the way, I tried to use latex paint and moth balls and struggled for more than a year, finally a pesticide for borer from big box store solved the problem.
Thanks for all your help!
Here is the link for my borer post
Here is a link that might be useful: Peach tree problem