You have to graft to a closely related plant. Apple to pear, rose,
quince, and crabapple are possible. (My mother had three different
varieties of rose all grafted to the same apple stock.) Even apple to
loquat might work.
The best would be to an apple seedling. The seedling would unlikely
bear fruit similar to its parent but might have strong roots. This is
how apples are propagated for commercial orchards.
No, you cannot graft an apple to citrus or avocado. It just won't work.
Note also that less than half of the attempts to graft even the best
like-to-like actually succeed, except possibly for the most experienced
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Thanks David. My neighbor has a couple of trees that have the sweetest
apples I have ever had. I didn't know apple trees would grow at sea
level until moved here. The current residents let them rot on the tree
like typical city folks. Previous neighbor had planted the trees and
took care of them for many years.
Growing up in the mountains of NC in the 60's, I remember watching my
uncle graft all kinds of fruit and nut trees. Said he learned from the
On Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:09:06 PM UTC-8, David E. Ross wrote:
Older couple I knew got truly unbelievable apples from their tree in the mi
ddle of downtown Los Angeles which in summer can get HOT and in winter woul
d never get the requisite "winter chill" that AFAIK, apples are supposed to
Never did ask them what variety, dernit. Dunno if they are still around.
OMG, if tree could do that well down there, couldn't it do better out here
by the sea with milder all-round weather.
Speaking of winter chilld, after years of yearning for blueberries, when th
ey finally developed blueberries that supposedly did not require so much wi
nter chill, I bought a couple of bushes from my nabe nursery, but they did
not do well in 2nd & 3rd years. Sigh!
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