- Step 1: Consider options Consider growing dwarf trees in containers, which must be at least 15 inches in diameter. Dwarf trees can also be grown against a structure, such as the side of a building, or interwoven in a series of wire.
- Step 2: Get rootstock Purchase dwarf rootstock, making sure your rootstock and scion branches – the branches that will be grafted – are of a compatible, similar species. The scion is a detached, live portion of another plant.
- TIP: The best time to attempt a graft is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.
- Step 3: Create graft Cut a branch off the rootstock at its base at a 45-degree angle. Then cut the base of a scion branch at the same angle.
- Step 4: Position graft Position both branches so that they line up just beneath the bark. Secure the graft with grafting tape and then cover it with grafting wax.
- Step 5: Cut off shoots Cut off any side shoots or twigs that could compete with the new graft. White calluses near the graft site will indicate the graft has taken.
- FACT: In 2006 the planet Pluto was downgraded to "dwarf planet" status.
You Will Need
- A fruiting branch
- A knife
- Grafting tape
- Grafting wax
- A pot or other container (optional)