First attempt at grafting an apple tree

When we first moved into our house we had several small fruit trees already planted in our yard. of those two are apples, but only one of the apple trees had a tag on what it was. The second one was unlabeled and for the first couple years never put out a bloom which after some research led me to believe that it is a seedling. Possibly something the kids planted as an experiment from a store bought apple. Now sadly apple trees do not breed true. that means that any seed grown will not be the same variety as the apple it came from. The first year that we had some apples on it we tasted them and it was sorta like a red delicious but with less flavor. Yes I know that is hard to believe. So instead of cutting it down I am going to attempt to graft several varieties of apples to it.

Since I have never grafted anything before I searched the internet and a couple books to see what the basics are for doing a graft. From everything I could see it is really a fairly simple process. Cut a small branch from the tree you want and put a V cut in the bottom. Then find the same size branch on the tree you want it and cut another V fork in it for the graft to fit in. According to my uncle the more bark that touches the better the graft takes. Since I prefer not to cut myself and I know I would I went to amazon and found this handy grafting kit.

first cut your two pieces that you want to fit together
push your ends together and wrap it many times with the wrap that came with the kit. You want enough of it wrapped that it wont come apart.
to add some stability and support I also took a small branch and wrapped it also around the graft.
Since I had a cut off branch I also tried a different method where you peel back part of the bark and then insert a small piece into it.

I made a total of three grafts using the existing Fuji I have. Nice and sweet and crisp but not my favorite. I plan on getting some cuts from several old homestead apples to see if I can get them grafted to the seedling and maybe a couple others onto the existing Fuji. In a couple months I will see if the grafts took and write up another blog.

Short video on my grafting:

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