Lemon tree, very pretty ..

Some of you heathens may recall that a few months back I had a go at grafting a lemon tree. The premise behind this being that, once grafted (roots have sprouted)  the branch can be removed – cut using secateurs –  and planted/potted. It reduces growing time by years  apparently and by extension the time it takes to bear fruit. Also, the fruit will be the same as on the parent tree, which is not necessarily the case when grown from seed

I did three grafts in May and so far one has ‘taken’.

Here’s the result  after I removed the covering.

New roots clearly visible. 

I cut the branch just behind the root-ball and potted it like so …

Added a covering of old plum pips as mulch, gave it a good watering and placed it next to its mum until it establishes itself in its new home.

It has several buds already, so we may be fortunate and get lemons in the not too distant future. 

Now that I have proved to myself I can achieve success using this method I’m going to experiment further.

Stay tuned, as they say.


Edit: This technique is called Air Layering and not grafting as I stated in the post. Bloody amateur gardeners!

20 thoughts on “Lemon tree, very pretty ..

  1. Good for you. My wonderful lemon finely just petered out. The season after my husband passed it really out did its self with over 7 doz. giant lemons. Then every thing just went down hill as the graft died and the main trunk just wasn’t up to snuff.


    1. Hi, Beverly.
      Thanks, it’s been good fun so far.

      I wonder what caused your tree’s demise?
      One of our lemon trees ( we have five) suffered quite badly earlier this year- leaves fell off, several branches seemed to die – and I thought we might lose it.
      I pruned off all the dead branches and gave the tree an overall ”haircut” and it seems to be recovering.
      Have no idea what caused the problem and I’ve Googled all over the place.
      I suspect it was an insect issue of some description, but goodness knows what?
      One of those things I suppose.

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    1. Actually I’ve grown into it – s’cuse the pun.
      I used to detest gardening of any sort, but I began to appreciate the fun of watching seeds turn into plants and the fascination,and fun, developed from this.
      Also, after becoming a vegetarian the thought of at least providing some of my own food and also for the others was a fun challenge I couldn’t resist.

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  2. My, my! I can’t help but think you might be perfect for STEM cell research too, Ark!? Just imagine what you could do on an island with many animals and shipwrecked (human?) survivors Dr. Moreau! Wow, you could call your island The Lemon Island of Dr. Arkesatan and Much Much More!!! 😲🤓

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  3. Freaky! As you probably know I grew up on a fruit orchard. My Dad was a grafting master, but his efforts centered on permanent modifications. He’d graft white blossoming plum onto pink blossoming peaches for shits and giggles. Grafting is a lost art, I’m impressed by your efforts. 🙂

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    1. Thanks.
      When it comes to stuff like this it’s seriously ”Amateur Hour” at my spot.
      The gods bless Google and You tube!

      Update: It looks as if it went into a bit of transplant shock so I am keeping fingers crossed it manages to hang in there.

      Also: I think the proper term here is air-layering rather than grafting. And I’m still not sure this is the corect term! Told you I was an amateur at this!

      I scraped away bark from the branch, packed the exposed part in wet potting soil then sealed it in a margarine tub wrapped in plastic wrap until the roots had grown.

      I think what your dad did was somewhat more professional.


  4. Plum pips? All those? So you save truckloads of them? Compliments for that and your green thumb. (The English do have a particular relationship with their gardens!)
    Is the combination sun/earth/weather favourable in SA? Here you can practically plant a stick in the garden and something will sprout.
    Had to follow you again. WP kicks me out regularly. I probably don’t fit their algorithm…
    All well I hope?


    1. We have two such trees next to each other in the back garden – a wild plum and a nectarine. They have been dropping seeds/pips for around a decade before I began collecting for mulch.

      Johanesburg is high up – as you undoubtedly know – and our soil is mostly clay-like at our spot. We are also susceptible to some severe frost from time to time. So while we can’t merely ”plant a stick” our growing season is probably longer than many places and with a bit of TLC most plants do pretty well.
      I arrived very late at the love for gardening. Up until fairly recently it was always a bit of a chore!
      Now though I find it fascinating and a real joy when things I have planted begin to sprout!

      I know the re-follow thing only too well. I get the impresion it happens to all of us from time to time. I regularly see the ‘Follow?’ icon in the bottom right – including your blog – and think: ‘Hang on a mo. When did I Un- follow?’

      All things considered, everything is hunky dory for us over here – thank the gods!

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      1. Glad to hear all is “peachy”. As much as can be I imagine in today’s hectic world.
        Your house and garden are most certainly a delight to the eye. And I do commend you on devoting time to an activity entirely devoid of computers… 👍🏻

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  5. just LOVELY – très beau… ❤ may I suggest you edit your awesome blog-posts @ your Facebook page?… merci d'avance et une semaine légère, optimiste, "safe"! – signed: ton amie! 🙂

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      1. I know, Sir Ark… as I don’t follow any blogs, I’d be glad to read you @ Fb, and I guess I won’t be the only one… 😉 friendly thoughts & best wishes from rainy and chilly Toulouse, 12°C!

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