[nafex] Question about crabapple trees top-worked with domestic apples.

Andre Pierre hello at protocol6.com
Tue Apr 21 10:21:02 EDT 2015

Hi all and happy Spring!

A follow-up question about top-working crabapples....


So I've done my top-working of a nice mature crabapple tree in a sunny location via rind grafts.
The 3 (out of 6) branches I worked on had suffered snow damage so replacing them was necessary anyway, and I'm looking forward so see what will happen with the grafts. 
I left 3 other branches as sap-drawers. These are 2-3" in diameter and quite long.

Here is my question:

I have s few small pieces of scionwood left, too short for rind or cleft grafting, but I thought perhaps I could bud-graft a few scion buds onto the sap-drawer branches, just to see what will happen.

I know that budding is usually done in the summer, but is it reasonable to expect that a bud graft is likely to work in the early season?

I figure worst case the scion-buds don't grow.

Any thoughts, opinions or comments welcome.

Thanks in advance,



On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 04:24:22PM -0400, Andre Pierre wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm thinking about top-working a mature crabapple tree in my backyard with two or three domestic apple varieties.
> I have never done this, but have a good idea how to proceed.
> One thing I'd be curious to know is how long its likely to take until the new apple branches bear fruit (assuming the cleft grafts take, of course)
> Any observations or comments would be be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance, and best regards.
> :-)
> Andre
> -- 
> "The perfect is the enemy of the good." - Voltair

"Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." - Chief Seattle

More information about the nafex mailing list