This weekend I experimented with fruit tree grafting, using freshly cut twigs from a friend's trees. I tried grafting for the first time last winter, but I think my timing was off, and the grafts didn't take. This time, the trees in my yard are just starting to bud, so the sap is flowing again - ready to nourish the grafted cuttings.
For this grafting experiment, I used about five cuttings from the donor "yellow plum" tree (type unknown), and attached them to my purple
Santa Rosa plum. I also added five cuttings of an apricot branch to one of my pluot trees.
I used two different cutting styles to try to increase my chances for success. Some of the grafts were applied using angled cuts on both branches. The others used a grafting method that is closer to a "tongue and groove" shape, which allows the cutting to fit a bit more snugly into the host tree's branch. I tied them all on using rubber bands so the joints would be tight, but be able to grow somewhat.
I also have a branch from a pear tree that I may try to graft soon. My pear trees are a little too young, though, and don't have quite as many branches to choose from to apply the graft.
Stay tuned. I hope it works! It would be great to create a "fruit salad" tree that brings more fruit diversity to our yard.