Learning About Fruit Tree Grafting

This morning I learnt all about fruit tree grafting. After a leisurely walk down from the village of Peyia in Paphos, Cyprus towards Coral Bay stretching out below it was impossible to resist the lure of the taverna. The only problem was – this being January in the Mediterranean – it was probably closed. The owner was there though, balancing precariously on a makeshift ladder as he set to the task of weaving grape vines shoots over the entire terrace. He was eager to display his work.

“Look here” he enthused “This is a passion fruit tree. And this one is orange. But this will be the star” He pointed to a newly planted tree with several shoots. “My tree graft”

Fruit tree grafting is common in Cyprus and basically involves combining several fruit trees into one. The end result is a stunning-looking (and space-saving) tree bearing different kinds of fruit. I passed this orange and pomello hybrid as I returned home:

In his case the taverna  owner had ‘grafted’ shoots from lime, lemon and pomello all onto the same tree.

“It’s going to be a talking point when the tourists come too” he said. I could only agree.

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  • Ray Greenhow.

    I had a try with apple tree grafting but it didn’t work. You can watch it on Youtube and I think I should have taken the dormant shoots in autumn and saved them for the spring to graft. Usually fruit stock is grafted onto dwarf root stock and then you can gfaft the branches to make a ‘family’ tree. I have one which I bought which has three varieties on. Apparently the British gave the world the secret of the M9 root stock after years of trials and failed to patent it. The world then tupped us with their perfect climates. Oh to be British and have a sense of fair play.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Interesting. It does make sense I guess to graft in the spring. I’m going to have a go (hopefully this year) and see what happens. I’ve watched it on YouTube too – you do need a few things to get started – for example some sort of grafting compound to protect the exposed shoots. I’ll read up a bit more first… :-)