Q:

How do you graft citrus trees?

A:

Graft citrus trees using a technique called budding. This process involves grafting off a bud from the tree in addition to some bark and placing the bud under the bark of a host tree.

Only graft from a healthy tree that can survive without the grafted material and that will not spread disease to the new tree. The best time to remove the graft is during the summer months when the tree is growing. The bark should be around eight inches to a foot long. Make sure to use a mature bud rather than a young one. Use the grafted material as soon as possible, as it will not store for more than three months.

In the host tree, make two small cuts in an upside-down "T" formation and cut one-inch flaps at both right angles. The bud should be placed underneath one of these flaps while the rest of the bark is secured to the tree with either tape or twine. The tape should be removed after no more than 30 days. To stimulate new growth from the bud, cut the remainder of the bark to only one-and-a-half inches from the bud. After the new growth reaches three to four inches, trim back the remainder of the bark.

Sources:

  1. treehelp.com

Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How do you graft mango trees?

    A:

    Grafted mango trees consist of a scion and a rootstock. Using grafting tape, the rootstock and scion are pressed closely together at the point where a veneer cut, which exposes the actively growing cambium region, has been made on each section. The graft should begin to grow in 10 to 21 days.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you prune citrus trees?

    A:

    Citrus trees do not require regular pruning to stay healthy and produce fruit, but trimming helps maintain the tree's appearance. Items needed to prune citrus trees are garden clippers and a sharp knife.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How often should I fertilize citrus trees?

    A:

    During the spring and summer, which are the active growing months for citrus trees, they need fertilizing one to two times. During a young tree's dormant period in the fall and winter, it is only necessary to fertilize every two to three months, according to Gardening Know How.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do I graft a rose tree?

    A:

    Growers who wish to graft new buds onto a rose tree first need a rootstock, which is a mature rose plant that acts as a host for the grafted buds. Grafting usually occurs in late winter or early spring, before the plant produces new growth.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore