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Grafting Photos


Photo 1: special variety of Apricot graft job.

About five months after grafting(example of ‘topworking’ - a complete graft-over) with reliably very productive, quality apricot variety for the San Diego region (not certain on variety, since scion was taken from an old reliably productive high quality fruit tree). Picture taken immediately before cutting out suckers at base. Clairemont, 2008.


Photo 2: special variety of apricot graft job.

Same apricot plant. Picture taken after cutting out suckers and a little cutting back on the graft growth to reduce limb weight-stress on the graft junctures at this young stage of graft development. Original apricot variety wasn't productive in this locality. White latex paint used to prevent sun damage to cambium.

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Photo 3: apricot and plum graft job.

(Click on photo at left to enlarge) Old rootstock of a plum type, which was originally grafted with a peach or nectarine.    So, I cut the rootstock back, and grafted on Santa Rosa Plum on the three limbs on the left, and, two varieties of reliably productive excellent quality flavorful apricots on the right, one of which is apparently the Blenheim/Royal which was originally from a productive old tree in Pt. Loma, and which I grafted out onto two other unproductive aprictot trees, and on which that variety grew out on and continued with it's reliably substantial productivity and high quality, and, the other variety is Newcastle, which ripens a bit earlier than the Blenheim/Royal, but they also overlap in ripening time.  They mostly ripen in June, sometimes into July, and rarely beginning in May.    I can graft these onto your non-productive tree, and you should get plenty of fruit.   In the San Diego area, apricots and plums tend to be most productive in positions which are mostly shaded during afternoon time in winter, which makes for more winter-chilling-dormancy, which is a good thing to maximize apricot productivity with flowering and fruiting.   This would be a position which gives adequate sun/light during spring to summer, for adequate fruit ripening and bud development.   The grafting here was done in mid-June, photo was taken a month and a half later, in late July.   2018.

Photo at left, which you can click on to enlarge is what's described above.   The two photos below show the day of grafting, before and after the cutting back and grafting operation procedures:

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Photo 4: apricot and peach graft job.

Apricot seedling bush grafted with ‘Midpride’ Peach, at right, and a reliably productive neighborhood apricot, on the left. Peach graft is about 15 years old, very productive, Apricot graft is about 6 years old as of 2011, good production. Both are quality producers. Irrigated about once per year, in summer, besides rainfall; has deep roots with moderate groundwater access. The rootstock is apricot seedling direct seeded in about 1991.   Gets pruned once or twice per year, depending on amount of growth. Note: most standard fruit trees/bushes, and just about any tree/bush, can be kept dwarfish with appropriate pruning and not overdoing the watering. Picture taken in June 2011. Pt. Loma.

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Photo 5: citrus multi-variety graft job: lime, lemon, grapefruit.

A few different citrus grafted on a small orange tree about.  First photo shows growth 4 weeks after grafting, second photo shows growth a few months later, with Bearss Lime on right side two stumps, Meyer Lemon on left side two stumps, and Oro Blanco grapefruit on the middle two stumps in back. Leafy growth on right side is the original orange tree. Grafted in August 2008. White latex paint to prevent sun damage to cambium. Pt. Loma.  Photo below about two and a half years later, same plant, Spring 2011.   Btw, replaced Oro Blanco with Cocktail Grapefruit (cut off Oro Blanco, grafted on Cocktail) in 2012 or 2013, and it's a milder, more 'beautifully flavored' fruit, less acid,... my client said it was the best fruit she'd ever had in Winter/Spring 2015 when the first Cocktail's ripened.


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Photo 6: citrus graft job, with tangerine, orange, and lemon, all on lime.

A few different citrus grafted onto a Bearss lime tree, about five months of graft growth. ‘Honey’ Tangerine on the far left limb, a Navel Orange on the middle-left limb, a Valencia Orange on the middle-right limb; and since the far right limb didn’t take originally when I did the other grafts, apparently due to lesser vitality of the limb, I regrafted it, which is with Eureka Lemon and Moro Blood Orange. The original grafts were done in April, the re-grafts and the photo were done in September. 2008. Serra Mesa.

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Photo 7: citrus graft job with orange and grapefruit.

Two different grapefruits and one orange, all on the same tree. Marsh grapefruit is the original tree onto which I grafted a Navel Orange, which is the foreground canopy, and Oro Blanco Grapefruit - left side canopy. The remaining original Marsh Grapefruit is the right side canopy, plus being the rootstock limbs of course. Oro Blanco grafted in 1996, Orange grafted in 2000. Marsh planted about 1970. Pt. Loma, 2008.

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Photo 8: avocado graft job with Reed, Pinkerton, and Hass varieties.

Three different avocado varieties, including original tree, which is a seedling of a ‘Hass’ fruit, all growing on the same tree. The two varieties I grafted on are ‘Reed’ and ‘Pinkerton’. ‘Pinkerton’ in foreground, ‘Reed’ left upright-growth background, remainder of ‘Hass’ seedling tree on right. All are very productive and high quality, including the ‘Hass’ seedling. With the three varieties, the fruit is mature-pickable for about three-quarters of the year, spring through fall, and potentially nearly year-round. Grafted in 1999, picture taken in September 2008. Serra Mesa.


Photo 9: fig graft job with 'Black Madeira (aka 'Royale') and Andersen's Honey Delight (very similar if not same as 'Dessert King) varieties.

Two fig varieties grafted onto a Calimyrna fig. Variety on left limb is the Royale fig, aka Black Madeira fig, a few months after grafting. Variety on right limb is the King fig(aka Honey Delight - W.A. Nursery), one year after grafting. The Calimyrna fig was not producing worthwhile figs because its figs require pollination from Capri figs, along with particular fig pollinating insects called Blastophaga wasps, which are a unique requirement with some fig varieties. Figs sold in nurseries are nearly always varieties that are self-fruitful, and don't require the additional pollination. Pt. Loma.


Photo 10

 A 4n1 grafted peach, - four different peach varieties bud-grafted onto peach rootstock, from a wholesale propagation nursery, then sold at a retail nursery: Merritt Mountain Nursery in El Cajon.  What I did was initiate the training of the different grafted limbs to grow away from each other, by pulling the branches away from each other and tying them to wood stakes with clear plastic nursery tape.  If this is not done the branches are too close together, and the resulting growth and fruiting performance would not be satisfactory overall.  In either case, the growth will need to be managed by trimming as appropriate for adequate development of each variety.  Some varieties will likely grow faster and some slower, so it's necessary to manage the growth so that one or two, per se, don't take over by overgrowing the others, and vice versa, so that one or two don't get runted into non-performance because of excessive growth by the others.

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Photo 11: grafted Kensington Pride mango onto Manila mango.

The stock-trunk-plant was planted some years ago, it was a 'Manila' seedling mango, but the fruit quality wasn't good,... so the owner asked me if I could graft on a good/great quality mango that does well here in the San Diego area.   And so I grafted on three scions of a high quality fruiting Kensington Pride seedling from Leo Manuel(who lives in Rancho Penasquitos) in September of 2012.  Two of the three scions took.  Photo at left(which if you click on will enlarge) is in May 2013, - eight months after grafting; photo above is about exactly one year after grafting, 4 months after the younger photo.   Mangos grow fastest during summer,... but being the graft occurred in early fall, and then winter happened, it grew fairly slow for the first 8 months.  And below, showing it in early 2014.

Jacaranda graft / grafting Bonsai Blue dwarf variety

Photo 12: Jacaranda grafting with semi-dwarf scion-variety.

(Click on photo at left to enlarge)   Photo at left shows grafts of Bonsai Blue dwarf Jacaranda in summer 2020, with a couple or few weeks of growth(a bit more than one month since grafting), grafted onto a standard Jacaranda tree which was planted in 2016.   The photo above shows the two Jacaranda trees which I grafted with Bonsai Blue dwarf Jacaranda, showing the new vertical shoots of the grafted growth of the Bonsai Blue dwarf variety.   Bonsai Blue grows about 1/2 the size of a standard Jacaranda tree.      Location near Morley Field.   The reason for the grafting was with the idea of the trees blooming at a lower height.  The two original trees either hadn't yet bloomed yet or very minimally.   Bonsai Blue is likely to bloom the following year or two after grafting.   The picture below shows the original standard trees immediately before the grafting operation.   The self-clinging vine on the wall is Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Green Showers'.

Close up below showing the further tree, which has 'nurse limbs' of the original tree growing downward, and the young vertical shoots of the grafts.

Sycamore Bridge Grafting San Diego

Photo 13

That's me doing bridge grafting on a California Sycamore for San Diego Landscaping, Inc., at University Town Center near La Jolla, due to trunk injury causing the bark to slough off, which stops the downward flow of photosynthesis nutrition from the leaves to the roots.   August 2017.   The injury was caused by the big-crane hoist technique which was used to install the 50' tall trees.   The trees were grown in containers about 8' wide or so, from which they were taken out of.   As of early summer 2018 the trees are still alive, and with protective buff colored wrapping around the portion of the trunk(s) with the graft operation.

Asian Pear Grafting San Diego

Photo 14: Asian Pear multi-graft bush-tree: Shinseiki, Nijisseiki, Hosui, Chojuro

(Click on underlined title to see more info and pictures)   Four Asian Pear varieties grafted onto this pear roostock, as shown in the photo (Pyrus calleryana is apparently the rootstock).   The original planting of this was with another pear graft variety from some years ago which didn't survive, but the rootstock survived and become its own tree, which was about 15' tall, which I cut back in winter to about 5' tall with multiple limbs kept for grafting onto, then let it re-grow through spring, then cut that growth back a bit more for suitable graft positioning and did the grafting on the same day in early June, 2020, with the grafted growth shown in the picture above in September 2020, three months after grafting.    Growth management of the re-growth is necessary a few times during summer so that the rootstock doesn't overtake the graft growth, while still leaving some small amount of roostock shoot-growth (partially cut back) along the grafted roostock-limbs in the first year of grafting; and then following the first year any rootstock shoot growth is entirely cut back.


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