Author Topic: Mape Better to Aproach Graft or Thread Graft?  (Read 1967 times)

Tree NUT

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Mape Better to Aproach Graft or Thread Graft?
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:09 PM »
I have two maples both Japanese both older trees. I need to do some grafting does anyone have experience with this two different techniques. Which one will I have more luck with? I am leaning towards thread grafting. Thanks for the help!


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Re: Mape Better to Aproach Graft or Thread Graft?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 08:00 PM »
Tree nut, I'm a big fan of thread grafts. I've had very good luck with Hornbeams and some luck with Maples. I'm guessing it may be to late to thread graft in your area. If the buds are swelling already it will be hard to do a thread graft. In addition, I usually let the grafts grow wild late in the summer,then bend them to the approx. location in the fall. When the spring is near, and just before the buds swell I drill and place the grafts.....
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Re: Mape Better to Aproach Graft or Thread Graft?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014, 03:37 AM »
I have had excellent success on maples with both types. I like thread grafts most as they seldom fail and do not leave that ugly scar on the trunk. I do thread grafts just as the buds start to swell on a maple. Drill a hole s little thicker through the trunk in the direction and at the height you want. Carefully run your branch through the hole trying not to bump off the new buds. Secure it in place and put a little cut past on each side of the hole. When the branch on the end side swell larger than the other then you know it has taken but don't remove the old side yet, wait until your sure and the leaves are showing good growth.  At least that's the way I have done it and it works great. The only problem I have had with approach grafts is having them pushed out by the new growth. So secure them good, I have even used a very fine nail to secure them with but if you wire it good it should not be a problem.