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Grafting Help
Looking for help making a graft
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Marc C
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February 15, 2024 - 4:36 pm

I have a pear tree that we have to remove because it's in the wrong place. It has good pears and I'd like to take a cutting and graft it to a new rootstock so I can have a new version of the tree.

I have never done any grafting. I can give it a try, but it would be great if there's someone with experience who could help. Where do I get a root stock?    

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John S
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February 15, 2024 - 8:15 pm

You don't want to dig up the tree and move it? I've done that countless times.

Where do you live?

John S
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Dubyadee
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February 15, 2024 - 10:39 pm

Pears are relatively easy for a beginner to graft and have success. You could purchase a bare root pear tree at your local nursery or garden store and you’ll have a larger tree to start with than a piece of rootstock. The bare root tree will also have several branches that you could graft to and try different styles of graft to increase your chances of success. The best advice is to cut your scion to two or three buds so that the union can support the grafted pieces until it grows. 

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Marc C
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February 17, 2024 - 12:28 pm

Thanks for the answers. The tree is about 20ft tall and the trunk is about a foot in diameter, so moving it isn't really practical. 🙂

I didn't think of getting a bare root tree at a nursery and grafting onto that. That's a good suggestion.

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jafar
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February 17, 2024 - 12:58 pm

If you aren't certain of the variety of the pear tree, ideally you will wait until your graft takes and grows before removing the original.

If you plan to use traditional grafting, you'll want to collect the scion wood soon if you haven't already. 

You might also park some scions on somebody elses established pear tree, or give some away for sources of future backup scion wood.

If you know the variety, you can just buy another tree.

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