Saving a mandarin tree
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My mum has asked if I can graft some buds/scions from an old mandarin tree from my grandparents yard. The tree has recently been knocked over by an excavator but is still alive. There seems to be ample green wood for potential budwood.
I have a mature mandarin tree to graft on to, and also have a couple of 2yr old trees (eureka lemon and navel orange) that are putting on vigorous growth. I’m in southern Adelaide near the coast.
I’m interested in what people think would be the best approach for saving some budwood from this tree? If now is a bad time, how can I store budwood until Spring?
You don’t have much choice but to do it now. Just make more than one graft in case some don’t take.
You could try some cuttings as well, using a hormone powder. You might find it will grow ok on its own roots, and may give you another avenue for success!
Thanks for the replies.
The wood I’ve managed to collect isn’t as good as I originally thought it would be. It is a bit thin to be cutting buds from and although still green it has browned off a bit.
I will try some cleft grafts on to my mandarin and also try striking cuttings. I’ll let you all know how it goes.
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