Grafting Heirloom Apple Trees – 2018

We are learning and sharing practical advice for the care of trees as Love Creek Farm takes on the task of maintaining and propagating heritage apple trees that are at risk, and as a result, we hope San Lorenzo Valley’s apples will flourish again.

Through research with the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau and consultation with UC Davis, we learned the appropriate root stock for the Yellow Bellflower and Hauer Pippin.  The root stock was ordered from New York and arrived last week. In preparation, we prepared the 20 15 gallon pots with fresh compost.

Today, we grafted 10 of each heirloom apple.


After cutting the root and scion, we used clear grafting tape and then wrapped with electrical tape.  We brushed the end with a wound sealer.


They were planted in 15 gallon pots and hopefully they will bloom!


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2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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