‘Top Working’

These pictures show different techniques for ‘top working’ an existing apple tree.

On the left shows a successful rind graft of Lord Lambourne.

The right hand picture shows one failed and one successful cleft graft on the variety Worcester Pearmain.

Both grafts have taken very well, putting on some very healthy growth.

I’m surprised at the strength of the union on the rind graft.

I finished off ‘whip and tongue’ grafting Laxton’s Superb and Ashmead’s Kernel onto last seasons growth.  The green tie was used to pull a horizontal stem more upright.

Posted by Tom Adams on 2nd March 2011, under Orchards