Best method for grafting Rambutan?

rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)June 24, 2010

I am new to all types of grafting so I need some advice.

I have a rambutan seedling that was growing out of control. I dug it up and killed about 90% of it's roots (not by choice but necessity) and topped it to about 4 ft tall. It has 2 trunks- one is about 1.5 inches wide, the other about 1 inch. Amazingly, it is doing fine in a pot and sending up new growth.

So now I want to graft some of my R162 onto it. The R162 is in flower now, but I can take some branches that haven't flowered or wait until a better time.

Any hints? Best method to use? Timing? Size of scion?

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ohiojay(z6 OH)

You have the best circumstances you could ask for. You have a plant in a container which can be moved and you have a plant that is known to flower near by. I would do an approach graft... a lot lower down than 4'. This is the easiest and safest grafting method. If the graft should fail, this method will leave both plants alive so you can try later. You'll need to secure the seedling plant in a manner so that the scion will easily reach and match up with the trunk. You will need to decide which trunk to eventually keep and which to sacrifice. In fact, I would remove one of them just prior to you grafting...will help direct all the energy into the remaining trunk. For an approach graft, you should theorectically be able to use any size scion you want. Just make sure the two pieces match up nicely without having to over tie to close a gap. Take some pics and good luck!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 11:01AM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

OK- I think I will try it.
I found Brian Brunner's info on it, and approach grafting looks like it "should" work.
I don't have the heart to chop either trunk yet...so I will try it with the 2 trunks, and do both, but one at a time.
I will post pictures of my experience.
Wish me luck!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 6:06PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Ok- I did it:
The seedling tree is in the pot on the right.


I picked the straightest branch of the grafted tree to hopefully get the tightest match of the 2 stems.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 3:14PM
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jsvand5

Good luck. Hope it works for you. I would maybe stake the tree to the ground. It looks like a strong gust of wind could knock it down pretty easily the way it is now. I had that happen with a jackfruit graft last year and it snapped off and ruined my graft just a few weeks before I think it would have been ready to seperate.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 4:02PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Yes- my thought exactly! When we moved the seedling closer to the graft tree, we added 2"x4" stakes in the ground around the pot, to keep it in place,and then tied the pot to the stakes. Hopefully, it is not going to go anywhere!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 4:12PM
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mango_kush

wow i hope it takes.

i can see the cambium layer, from what i understand if its lined up good it should take nicely.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 9:51PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Looks good.....I am betting on success. Good luck, and of course, keep us posted.

Harry

    Bookmark   July 2, 2010 at 10:00PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Well....Success!
The first try did not take as I did not cut down deep enough. So I redid it and it worked! It is not beautiful and I assume it is not very strong yet but it is now a grafted tree! Next time I will graft much younger/thinner branches.

This one is the close-up of the graft ...

this one is a wider shot showing the tree ...

    Bookmark   January 2, 2011 at 11:06AM
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jsvand5

How long has it been separated?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2011 at 12:59PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

Great job! Keep us posted on the progress.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2011 at 1:03PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Jsvand- it has been totally separated about a week now.
So far, so good.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2011 at 2:31PM
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jacob13

Wow,

That is incredible. Looks like you did a Great job. Good luck with that one.

- Jacob

    Bookmark   January 3, 2011 at 7:13PM
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jsvand5

I am wondering if it might be a good idea to tie a stake above and below the graft to keep some pressure off of the actual graft until it heals totally? I don't know what the winds are like in your yard, but I have lost grafts on citrus before from wind snapping them at the union.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 10:23AM
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red_sea_me

Great job grafting and documenting, it looks like it has started to heal nicely, maybe some blooms this year?

-Ethan

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 3:26PM
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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

Jsvand-
That is why I kept the one tie on. But you are right, I may add another tie to the bottom of the graft foe a while, just for safe keeping.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 6:47PM
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