The Bartlett pear tree was about 15 years old and not producing well so when I bought a new tree at Lowe’s Garden Ctr. I tried a grafting experiment.
I put the new tree next to the old one and removed bark on the new branch and a branch on the old tree down to the green where the two would touch. Nails were pounded through the
old and new limbs laid next to one another. Next, grafting tar was applied or really some roofing tar to seal the union. A month ago I was able to cut the new limb from the new tree and move the new tree to be planted, since the graft took and the new limb is still alive. I only wish now I’d grafted more limbs since the old tree will now produce fruit of the new kind on the new limb attached to the old tree. The potential here is a simple way to use an older tree with strong root system to produce new and different fruit. This is also helpful to get a pollinator for the old tree and vice versa. While there are other grafting methods, this seems to be a simple way to graft easily and simply that works. Today I noticed leaves are ready to come out. Don @ live simply workshops