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Old wild lemon

Old wild lemon

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Question: old wild lemon

in pot, born from lemonade seed ca. 30 years ago, used to endure the Milanese winter, beautiful, robust but full of thorns and obviously without a fruit. Is it still pluggable? Could I have advice and do the homework?

Answer: old wild lemon

Dear Giorgio,
the age of a plant has no influence on the graft, and therefore, even if your lemon is definitely already adult, you can still graft it; consider that often in the citrus orchards, the grafted parts are completely cut and the graft branches are changed, for example to produce different varieties; therefore grafting on citrus fruits is also carried out on old trees. If then yours wild lemon It is robust and vigorous, and well acclimatized to the area where you live, even better.
On the citrus fruits is usually practiced the graft with crown, or split; that is, cut the entire crown of the tree, leaving a surface parallel to the soil of the stem; therefore some cuts are made perpendicular to the ground, inside which the scions are inserted, generally positioned towards the outside of the stem, so that they give rise to a new cup-shaped crown. This type of graft offers many problems if it is not successful, since once all the branches have been cut, if the scions do not take root, it is very difficult to recover the original plant, which is practically mutilated.
In July and August the scudetto or dormant bud graft is also practiced; in this case it is practiced by grafting a gem for each branch, or along the stem, inserting it under the bark; in this case you can also try to graft your lemon, because, if it goes wrong, you will dry the grafted bud, and your sapling will continue to develop at will.
Before acting, I advise you to be well informed about how to make a graft, and prepare yourself with pruning mastic, raffia for ligatures, and of course, first of all, you need to find scions, or the lush twigs of a fruit-bearing citrus tree. If you want to try your luck, you can also think about grafting different species and varieties of citrus fruits, all on the same lemon.