In this article on growing citrus from cuttings, I show how to root citrus rootstocks in stonewool. These rootstocks can then be used to graft citrus trees of many different varieties. For example, to propagate a lemon tree, rather than rooting lemon cuttings, citrus rootstock cuttings are rooted. A lemon cutting is then grafted to the rootstock. Grafting to a rootstock will produce a superior tree. Benefits include disease resistance and improved fruit flavor and texture.
In California our citrus trees are severely threatened by a deadly and incurable plant disease called huanglongbing or HLB. It is possible to save citrus trees from this disease by removing and destroying unloved citrus trees. A free citrus tree removal service is now available in California's HLB-affected areas.
The below video shows how to set up an account and place an order for citrus budwood from California’s Citrus Clonal Protection Program or CCPP. Citrus budwood is used for grafting citrus trees and budding citrus trees.
By law all new citrus varieties in California are introduced via the CCPP whether from outside the state or from within the state. CCPP scientists use proven techniques to eliminate all diseases from each citrus variety before release. The CCPP budwood program is available for citrus nurseries and hobbyists both inside and outside of California.
This tutorial shows a very effective technique for side grafting fruit trees. The double-tongued side graft gives a very high success rate and is useful for top working trees with small diameter stocks. This method of side grafting is also useful for grafting early in the season when the bark is not slipping and a bark graft is not feasible. The technique is useful for grafting stone fruit trees (i.e. grafting cherry trees, grafting peach trees, grafting plum trees, etc.)