Best graft for root stock stump?

brownmolaMay 20, 2012

Hello, I was in a friend's yard and he was throwing away a pot that had a stump left in it. Upon further inspection, it looks like a trifoliata rootstock (a 2 foot tall, 3 leafed sprout was shooting out of the side of it and whatever was grafted on top was completely cut off except for about 1 inch. I'd like to cut off the top 1" and then graft onto the root stock. The root stock is about 1.5" in diameter.

What is the best method for this circumstance? Or is it a goner? The rootstock still looks alive whereas the remaining 1" graft/trunk above it looks dry/dead. Thanks!

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If it is cut off to a 1.5" diameter stump, a bark graft is the best choice and one of the easiest and most successful graft types. Scratch the bark in the area you intend to cut the stump back to and check to see if it is green underneath. I'd probably make sure to cut it below the original graft, no reason to retain any of the original scion as an interstock. If it has been cut in the last few weeks and hasn't been allowed to totally dry out for an extended period, it should be alive. If the scion wood you intend to use is readily available to you, there isn't much to loose in an attempt.

Lots of good videos posted on youtube of bark grafting, as well as other types of grafts. One tip on bark grafts is to shave the edges of the scion bevel cut to expose a sliver of cambium on the sides of the bevel. It can really improve the take percentage and recovery time on problem grafts.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:13PM
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Awesome. Thanks! I was thinking of doing a bark graft in this situation. Do people usually nail the scion into the rootstock or just wrap the scion?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:40PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

I think you can cut a notch in the rootstock and in the scion to fit like a puzzle? Would that work with the bark method?

For example, picture a diagonal cut with a notch in it on the rootstock. Now picture the same diagonal cut on the scion with an opposite notch cut to fit in/against the rootstock. Then wrap it up.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 2:00AM
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