HOW TO GRAFT

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Seasonal Splendour -

If you have a favourite camel­lia and you’d like more ei­ther for your gar­den or as a gift but the va­ri­ety is no longer in nurs­eries, you can re­pro­duce it with this sim­ple trick, known as ‘ap­proach graft­ing’.

It’s best done in win­ter.

Gather your sup­plies

•Potted root­stock (or un­der­stock) and camel­lia in gar­den

•Clean se­ca­teurs

•Clean bud­ding knife

•Bud­ding tape

Here’s how

STEP 1 Place potted root­stock next to your favourite camel­lia (mother plant).

STEP 2 Re­move any buds and side shoots from the root­stock with se­ca­teurs so the plant’s en­ergy goes into growth rather than flower for­ma­tion.

STEP 3 Re­move a sliver of wood about 2-3cm long with the bud­ding knife from a stem close to the top of the bush of both the mother plant and the root­stock so the plants’ cam­bi­ums are ex­posed.

STEP 4 ‘Ap­proach’ the stems to each other so the cuts meet.

STEP 5 Use bud­ding tape to wrap the 2 stems to­gether firmly.

STEP 6 By spring, the union will have formed. Cut mother plant from root­stock with se­ca­teurs close to union, re­move tape and watch your favourite camel­lia be­gin a new life.

STEP 1

STEP 2

A Fam­ily gath­er­ing in Syd­ney’s Camel­lia Grove nurs­ery af­ter the suc­cess­ful graft­ing of a ‘mother’ camel­lia onto root­stock us­ing the ‘ap­proach’ method.

ver­sa­tile and ex­tremely hardy, camel­lias can be pruned to ac­com­mo­date your gar­den’s needs and your de­sires. They can be trimmed to make a tall state­ment in a tight cor­ner in your gar­den, with­out los­ing their abil­ity to flower, al­though they will need to be staked.

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