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Dubious looking graft (apples)

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owlandfox starts with ...
Hi everyone - I'm new to posting but have enjoyed reading the forum for a few months now.
I just received these in the mail, being my first apple trees I was a bit shocked at the state of the grafts. Is this what they are supposed to look like? The trees are "one year old whips".
Any advise much appreciated!
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yry says...
They are what is called a 'whip and tongue' graft. yES, IT LOOKS crook but it will work out fine .
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owlandfox says...
Thanks so much yry, so they are supposed to be like that...I will try to think of them in the terms of Wabi-sabi...perfectly imperfect.
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John Mc says...
Yes whip and tongue grafts have more cambium surface area where there is a proliferation of callus around the graft union which is a natural part of the healing process.
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owlandfox says...
Thanks John, will look into it more. I've spent a lot of time reading up on how to train apples, but none on how the grafting works. It's very interesting.
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Brain says...
i see from one of the pics, the rootstock is M26, I take it you brought yourself a dwarf apple?
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owlandfox says...
Hi Brian, I bought 2 on M26, (the two pictured), and one on M9. The M9 graft looks seamless and smooth.
They will all be espaliered.
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Brain says...
I'm impressed that you managed to get hold of a M9. This link below might interest you on different rootstock sizes.

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/fruit-tree-rootstock-tree-sizes

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owlandfox says...
Thanks for the link. The M9's are being sold as step-over apples in Vic and Tas. It's a Kidd's Orange Red, I couldn't resist. :)
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