Each year I go through about 15-20 new varieties to test them in our climate.  To speed this process up I graft them onto a mature Fuji tree where they usually bear fruit the second year, sometimes the first year if the scion has a fruit bud on it.  The tree ends up with many tags fluttering in the breeze that marks the different varieties.  The varieties that prove “worthy” get grafted the next year onto their own rootstock and planted somewhere to produce more scionwood for grafting.  It’s always exciting tasting an apple that has been grown in our climate for the first time; you never know what to expect.


2 Responses

  1. I can’t quite tell perspective from the image, but are you grafting onto waterspouts?

  2. I’m grafting onto what ever is sticking out from the branch; I’d prefer horizontal ones but sometimes I can’t be picky. They usually bear the second year anyway

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