Several years ago, a seedling of some Malus-type plant showed up next to one of the apricots. I tried to rip it out, but, the roots were too well established for brute force. Despite having beaten the poor thing, I just left it. The tree has since recovered, grown, and last year put on some footage in a skyward dash.
The buds are small, and the growth quite delicate. I believe it is some sort of crabapple.
At any rate, I figured I might as well try grafting onto this well rooted specimen. I took scionwood from my Ashmead’s Kernal apple, and inserted these into the cambium layer of the lopped little tree.
With two sides grafted beautifully, I hope at least one side is a success.
I also grafted via a similar method onto a “weed” mulberry that has grown up by our garden shed. It was about ten foot tall before I lopped it to four foot. I inserted three scions of named varieties I have growing in Mortal Tree.
Wild mulberries can take over a decade to start fruiting, while cultivated varieties have been selected for quick fruiting. Some of my cultivated varieties of mulberries that were two year old when I bought them fruited the first year I planted them in Mortal Tree!
Since this weed mulberry was showing no signs of fruit, I figure the grafting may even get me fruit sooner than if I had left the tree to mature. Here’s hoping I’m right.