Grafting success and failure...

10 October, 2014

Earlier in the year I attempted my first ever grafting on my Anzac peach tree.

As a quick recap, I did three bud grafts each of the two varieties I was attempting to graft, to give the greatest chance of success.

It appears that I have had both success and failure.

The Blackburn Elburta grafts have taken off like a shot.

They are looking fabulously healthy, shooting green leaves in add directions. I'm so pleased. Grafting just seems such a magical thing: a frankenstein type experiment come to life.

The only problem I'm going to have is remembering which branches (when they grow) are from the graft and which is the original tree. I'm removing all the Anzac tree buds, to let only the grafts grow. But when I was learning grafting the instructor told the story of the time he accidentally pruned off the graft, then realised what he had done. Horror!

Unfortunately, none of the Fragar bud grafts were succesful. They all look completely dead. 

I was hoping they would just be late bloomers, but no. I think I can catagorically say there will be no Fragar peaches on this tree. *Sad face*

I have no idea what the difference was. But I am happy enough with the experience to definitely be trying more grafting in the future.

Have you done any grafting? Any tales or tips would be appreciated.


  1. Congrats on your successful graft! I've never done any grafting, being a relatively new gardener, but I can see that once you start, the possibilities are endless.

    1. Cheers! I always put grafting in the too hard basket, and never thought it'd be something I'd do. Never say never I guess!