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Winter Grafting At Mad Cat Farm

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

MCF begins life this spring as we graft approximately 1,000 fruit trees to trial for disease resistance and hardiness in our variable Kansas weather.

The objective is to only grow and sell varieties that will reliably produce fruit with little to no care in Kansas and the midwest.

These trees will spend the first year or two of their lives in our tree nursery before being planted into the orchard.

Making a whip and tongue graft.

Closeup on a whip and tongue graft union.

Grafted apple trees healing over.

Two sides of the whip and tongue graft on an apple.

Grafted trees waiting to be planted.

A small forest of newly grafted apples, stored in sawdust until the graft heals and they leaf out in early spring.

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