Apple grafting

fruitluvr13(SoCal 10)July 28, 2012

Hi I have an apple tree in my backyard and I don't know what kind it is but the apples taste pretty gross so I wondering if it would be possible to graft a better tasting apple on to it. If so what apples would fruit best in my area. I live in zone 10 southern california.

Thanks in advance.

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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Yes, you can graft over the apple. As for the zone I am guessing your talking about usda hardiness zone and not sunset zone. I can't really guide you toward a particular variety because I don't know what kind of characteristics you are looking for in an apple. You must also take into account having a suitable pollinator for your varieties. However, a resource I have found helpful in finding suitable varieties for my area and taste is kuffelcreek apple nursery, they list the 20 apple varieties that are favorited by a grower who operates in riverside california. I am sure some of the more experienced people can help you out with better info, as well as places where you can acquire scionwood.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:57PM
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The guy from Kuffel Creek also has some helpful videos about grafting on YouTube.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 11:03AM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Also, if you need literature on vegetative propagation (grafting and other techniques) Google "vegetative propagation techniques" the pdf was quite useful for me.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 1:42PM
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