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Grafting a Success (to me, anyway!)

Neither a pretty nor a brilliant graft – but it was my first and it worked!

                        

Have you always been too overwhelmed by the presumed complexity of apple tree grafting to give it a whirl? Me, too – until last year. Daunted by the multiplicity of instructions, the warnings, and lists of do’s and don’ts, I almost went through life without ever realising mere mortals can do this kind of stuff. But, in the end, frustration got the better of me and I grabbed the secateurs and a sharp knife and went out and grafted for all I was worth. This season, although the results may not look brilliant (and I probably left the grafting tape on too long), I’ve scored a 70% success rate. So, what are you waiting for? Be bold and brave and source some good rootstock (a tree specially grown as one that is good to graft onto) or simply eye up a tree you already have growing. You have nothing to lose and all the excitement of watching your grafts succeed.


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Blossom-pinchers (but we love them)

Our apple trees are safely netted from these gorgeous but hungry kereru (native pigeons). First they eat the new-season’s leaves, then they devour the blossoms, then they snip off any young fruit that has managed set. It’s rare to see flocks of kereru but here in the Catlins, we regularly have groups of 15-20 birds flying round, hunting out buds and blossoms. Fortunately, the gooseberry flowers seem too small to attract them.

"Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?"

“Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?”

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