Chris Jackson is new to cidermaking and his enthusiasm for fermenting is contagious. At Freedom Farm his family is working towards sustainability and he is blogging about it all, via his website FreedomFarmTV.
Chris had shared his photos of his homemade Peach Cider on Twitter and I liked him immediately. Finding out that he was blogging about grafting fruit trees made it a natural fit of a Cider Chat.
In this episode we chat about the different types of graft one could do to get a different variety of apples on an apple tree.
Grafting methods discussed:
Cleft Grafting involved cutting off a tree at its trunk.
Whip Grafting is less dramatic, as you would only cut off a limb the width of one’s pinky and then add on a new variety of your choosing.
Grafting allows cidermakers to diversify an orchard quickly – say a 3 year period, versus waiting for a sapling to fruit.
More on a number of different grafting methods via wikipedia
Resources mentioned in this chat
Dave Wilson’s Nursery – How to graft a fruit tree
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