Grafting crab apple onto regular apple

jbclem(z9b Topanga, Ca)December 22, 2008

For pollinating purposes, is it possible to graft crab apple onto regular apple trees?

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I've heard that is a common orchard practice and that crabapples are especially good pollen sources.

Apples are very easy to graft.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2008 at 11:52PM
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My "grafting mentor" has a nice crab grafted to the same tree that supports some dozens of varieties and it has done well for many years now.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2008 at 4:49PM
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Commercially, the Crabs are grafted onto dwarf rootstocks on separate trees. There can be some disease issues putting multiple grafts onto one tree, especially virus.
Once you graft a virus infected scion to the tree, it goes into the rest of the tree.
I would not graft crab apple onto standard for pollen. Plant it next to your regular apple on a dwarf rootstock.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2008 at 6:23PM
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