Any advice on grafting?

mjhuntingtonbeachMarch 9, 2013

I don't have unlimited space in the yard and I have a large-ish Samoan Fluff taking up a fair amount of space. It is a pleasant flower, blooms reliably, but I find that there is nothing very interesting about it, and no fragrance at all that I can detect. I was thinking about either removing it, and planting a Wildfire to take its place, or taking a stab at trying to graft maybe three different varieties that are more colorful, or more fragrant, or both to add some interest and take advantage of 8 years of established root system.

The only three branches that I would think to graft onto are very thick. Has anyone had any experience trying to graft a normal sized branch cutting, maybe one or two years old, onto a much thicker branch several years older?

Attached are photos of the full tree, and the lower branch structure showing three main thick offshoots that I was thinking of attempting to graft onto.

Any advice or thoughts?

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Others with much more experience will comment but from what I understand, the cutting you were grafting to the branch would have to be about the same diameter as the branch as the cambium layers must line up to be successful.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 1:19PM
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