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Budding Our Trees
Summer and Fall is the time of the year when we are grafting the majority of our trees. Our primary grafting technique is referred to as budding, specifically chip budding. Budding is a type of grafting. Budding is our primary method used to make new fruit trees that resemble their “parents.” Most all fruit trees do not breed anywhere near true from seed, and to get the exact characteristics of a fruit variety, you need to graft. To propagate a fruit tree of a desired variety, one grafts scion wood of the desired variety onto rootstock. Scion wood is first year growth from a tree with known (and typically, desirable) fruit characteristics. While any wood from the above-ground portion of a tree will carry the genetic identity of the tree, young wood with healthy buds has the best chance of making a successful graft.