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Question: Grafting the camellia

When is it possible to graft a camellia?


Camellia graft: Answer: Camellia graft

Dear Gaetano,

as you may know, the camellia graft is often used to replace one variety for another, especially in adult specimens.

The best technique for grafting camellias is the graft. A piece of branch with several buds is called a scion (which is usually cuty but can also be the branch of a potted plant). Among the various types of scion grafts one of the most used for camellias is the approximate graft. This technique consists in creating a longitudinal cut by removing a part of the bark of the trunk in each of the two plants (the rootstock and the graft). The wounds will thus be made to match and must be tied tightly with raffia. After about two months the rootstock (above the graft) and the graft (under the graft) are cut.

The best time to do this is March-April.

Split or crown grafts can also be used.

N.B. Since it is preferable that the scions remain at rest until the moment of grafting, it is good to take them during the winter and keep them in a cool place.

For more information on grafting techniques, follow our grafting section in the "techniques" section.

Good job. See you soon.

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