Grafting fruit trees
Hi, I have noticed folk say that you should plant grafted trees with the graft below ground, this is nonsense, and would negate the whole purpose of doing the graft in the first place.
Here in the UK there are many thousands of trees, both in commercial orchards, and private gardens. Almost all are grafted, and we NEVER plant with the union below ground. Grafts are NOT doomed to inevitably fail, some of our trees are over 100 years old.
If a tree is found to be unproductive, it is often top worked to change branches for more favourable ones.
I was given a Golden Delicious apple, which I hate, so I grafted it into a Saskatoon, Amelanchier alnifolia, this grows well and eliminates the problem of the Amelanchier suckering and becoming invasive.