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!