Thoughts and pictures of my wanderings through the Allegheny Mountains hunting grouse and woodcock with my Ryman-type English Setters during the fall and winter months, fishing for smallmouth bass in local streams and rivers during the summer months and wandering over my 66 acres of heaven year round.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A Successful Graft
I've been wanting to learn how to graft apple trees for some years now. Last year I tried several grafts but had no luck. This spring I tried again with 4 grafts and had 1 take.
The tree that I used for the top graft was a multi-trunked volunteer apple tree sprouted from a random seedling in our horse pasture. It reliably produces a small yellow apple that hangs on well into the winter. It will make a great winter food source for the wildlife.
These two pictures were taken in mid-December showing the abundance of apples still hanging in the tree. The rootstock I used were seedlings of the Russian Antonovka a hardy standard sized tree that should provide a good long living rootstock for future hunters to enjoy on the Back40.