We Must Preserve this Tree. Graft?
This tree is a Bearss Lime. OLD tree. One trunk has splitting bark, but it's still bearing fruit. The other looks to be a sucker, but the fruit is identical. We have tried to rescue this tree since we purchased this property last year. This year several leafing branches just died. We suspect gophers. The tree is pretty lopsided at this time, and we are going to brace it this week.
Anyway, hubby is diabetic and loves margaritas made from the real juice of this tree with splenda and no sugar. He wants to save the tree.
Our soil is decomposed granite, and all trees are on a drip system. The lime also gets extra flooding weekly.
Here is the tree from a distance
Here are the split trunks showing limes
Here is what we suspect to be a tree grown from a seed. The lemons are small and seedy. Another lemon on the property has large lemons. We are wondering if we can try grafting Bearrs branches onto this tree.
The lemons are pretty worthless. I use them, but they are so small it's hardly worth it.
IF we can graft, what is the best time of year to do that, and can you point me to instructions?