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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-03-24 8:01 pm   Permalink

I know several people here grow their own citrus. I've got a lime tree, but one tree can produce WAY too many limes. I'd like some lemons too but don't need a whole tree's worth. I want to graft lemons onto my lime tree and make a lemon-lime tree.

Anyone have any experience grafting citrus? I tried doing a splice graft today but it doesn't look very promising.



Is bud grafting or one of the other methods of grafting better for citrus?
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jingleheimerschmidt
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From: santa rosa, calif.
Posted: 2011-03-25 08:30 am   Permalink

Way too many limes can only mean not enough mai tais. What gives?

Sorry, no positive experience grafting over here.


 
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The Gnomon
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From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2011-03-25 09:51 am   Permalink

Don't know for sure, but I think the citrus industry uses bud grafting.

Here are a few links :

TreeHelp.com's Bud Grafting

Sunkist's bud grafting. Sunkist's bud graft rootstock cut is upside down from TreeHelp's

Graft Lines and Suckers that can mess up your efforts if unattended.

Budding and Grafting Citrus and Avocados UC Davis report PDF.


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-03-25 1:39 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys.

Jingleheimer - average yield for a mature lime tree is 700 limes per year. I have a job- I can't possible drink that many Mai Tais!

Gnomon - I think you are right about bud grafting being the citrus industy standard. That was my intention, I asked someone from work to bring me a branch from their lemon tree at home, but the branch they brought didn't have any buds. I will try again soon with some buds. Thanks for the links
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From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2011-04-20 8:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-03-25 13:39, MadDogMike wrote:
Thanks guys.

I will try again soon with some buds. Thanks for the links




Buds....Hmmmm.

Buds....


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-04-20 9:00 pm   Permalink

Was that a 4/20 reference?
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