Grafting plants is the process of joining a hardy or disease-resistant rootstock to the stem of the desired plant. You can also use grafting for propagating plants that are not available in seed form. Take care after the grafting procedure to ensure the plant heals properly. Always use sterilized equipment when working with the grafted plant and monitor light, air circulation and humidity levels during the healing process.
Keep newly grafted plants in a humid location until the two sections have grown together. Place a plastic bag over the plant to hold humidity and moisture if a mist house environment is not available.
Remove material wrapped around the grafted area once the two sections have bonded together. Keep the plant in the protected environment until the grafted area hardens and you are ready to introduce the plant to the outdoors.
Water the plants to keep the soil moist while under the protected conditions.
Gradually introduce the healed grafted plant to the outdoors to harden the plant in preparation for planting. Start with 1 hour a day and gradually increase the time each week.
Paint the grafted area with a stem paint to protect the union from diseases.
Remove shoots or branches that begin to grow out of the rootstock by cutting with a pruning clipper.
Remove flowers that grow on the vegetative portion of the plant in the first year.