scionwood orchard to make room for some new cultivars. Our idea was to cut a tree at ground level, allow it send up stump sprouts, thin the sprouts down to one strong-growing shoot, then graft that shoot the following year. The photo at right shows you one of the grafts I made on a stump sprout this past spring. One one downsides about grafting a stump sprout is that for several years the tree will continue sending up new sprouts all around the outside of the stump. In the photo a profusion new shoots has grown around the base of my graft.
The photo at left shows the tree once all the stump sprouts have been removed.
My final step was to replace the deer cage over the graft to prevent browsing injury.