How to Graft a Lemon Branch to an Orange Tree

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How to Graft a Lemon Branch to an Orange Tree
Grafting can result in oranges and lemons being grown on the same tree. (Reggie Casagrande/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Grafting is a popular practice among fruit tree growers. A fruit tree must be grafted to begin baring fruit, and it can also let a grower yield more than one fruit from the same tree. In some instances, the tree may also begin to grow a new fruit that is the combination of the two different fruits. One method of grafting is called budding, where only a bud of one tree is united with a second tree, as opposed to an entire shoot.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Electrical tape
  • Knife
  • Damp paper towels

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  1. 1

    Cut a bud stick from the lemon tree. Choose a bud stick with a lot of growth that is mature, as indicated by a slight brownish colour on the buds.

  2. 2

    Cut the leaves from the bud stick as soon as it is cut from the tree, leaving about 1/2 inch of the leaf stock. Buds can be stored for up to four days before being put into the orange tree, if wrapped in a damp paper towel or moss to prevent them from drying out.

  3. 3

    Cut a "T" into one of the branches of the orange tree. The vertical slit should be about 1 inch long, or slightly longer, and the top slit should be approximately 1/2 inch across. Use a knive or bark separator to carefully lift the corners of the bark.

  4. 4

    Cut a the bud from the lemon budstick by starting a cut about one inch below the bud, cutting underneath the bud, and ending the cut about 1/2 inch above the bud. Only a small amount of wood should remain on the bottom of the bud.

  5. 5

    Insert the bud from the lemon tree into the "T" slit made on the orange tree. if there is excess wood sticking out of the flap from the lemon bud, cut it off to ensure that the flaps can close all the way with just the bud sticking out.

  6. 6

    Seal the slits shut with tape or rubber strips, making sure not to cover the bud.

  7. 7

    Remove the ties or tape in approximately three weeks, so as not to prohibit growth.

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