grafting onto 4 year old lemon

sandrogrimaApril 15, 2013

Hi,

I have a lemon i planted 4 ears ago. It was about 3/4" thick at that time but has grown tremendously. It is a hybrid called pondarosa.

I have an emotional attachment to the tree and would like to keep it but the massive lemons (1-2LB) are hard to use.

how easy would it be to graft one or more additional varieties of citrus onto this tree?

Any info would be highly appreciated!

Thanks
Sandro Grima
Cape Coral FL

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if you dont get an answer here ... try the fruit forum.. i never see those experts here ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 7:29PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

BTW .. i dont get it ...

if you graft onto it.. you will cut off all the old tree.. but for the roots ... so i dont know how grafting will help you

you know.. you are allowed.. when the fruit are dime sized.. to simply pick them off.. and enjoy your tree.. w/o the man-killing fruit .. lol ..

ken

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 7:32PM
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maplerbirch(4)

I've seen apple trees with as many as 5 varieties grafted onto one tree. I would imagine the same could be done with lemons.
It wouldn't hurt to try a branch or two and see what happens. I personally have poor luck with grafting, but I like to keep trying. :)

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 4:17AM
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sandrogrima

ken_adrian, i didn't explain well enough. I meant, can i add variety to the tree buy grafting onto only 1 or 2 or the main branches and leaving the rest alone.

Make sense?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 9:26AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

that is exactly what i was hoping you understood ...

but then.. you still have the giant ones ... hence my other suggestion ...

again.. i recommend you talk with the peeps in the fruit forum ....

ken

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 12:21PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

For your lemon, budding is more appropriate and easily done. I think if you google budding citrus several videos will be available to get you started. Al

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:08AM
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sandrogrima

thanks for all the info!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:54AM
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