Pay Dirt: Graft Apple Trees to Make a Poor Man's Orchard


Plan to plant apple trees? Save big money by learning to graft them. (Realtree photo)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Land management

Produced By: Realtree Digital

Cast: Jesse Randall

Released: July 27, 2019

Runtime: 9 minutes, 11 seconds

Watch Here: Pay Dirt: How to Graft Apple Trees

Last week, the land management experts on Pay Dirt discussed the benefits of planting fruit trees for wildlife. In this episode, you'll learn how to establish numbers of trees while saving big money. A single apple tree from a farm store can cost $20. But by grafting trees, you can plant multiple seedlings for a couple bucks each. Iowa State's Jesse Randall explains how.

Follow along as Randall gives step-by-step instructions on prepping your grafted apple trees for planting. (Realtree photo)

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How to select the right root stock and scion wood.
  • The tools you'll need to graft trees.
  • Where and how to make the proper cuts.
  • The mistakes most people make.
  • Care of the saplings prior to and after planting.

An original digital series on the Realtree 365 app, hosted by Midwest Whitetail’s Bill Winke and Realtree United Country Land Pros, Pay Dirt is a land management show featuring tips on how to buy, sell and maintain land for hunting and recreation. New Realtree United Country hunting properties are featured each week to give viewers insight into real land-buying and management opportunities.

Are you ready for your own piece of land? Buy your dream farm through Realtree United Country. Then you'll be planting fruit trees in no time. (Realtree United Country photo)

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