Grafting to create new apple tree
Hello, We've had an apple tree (exact variety unknown) in our yard for 30 years, but it was damaged (blown partly over) in a storm a decade or more ago. Still, it thrived and gave us great apples for years. Now, however, the crown is dying back in places and the bark has fallen off the trunk on one side. Our tree company says it may last a year or two at most. We have tried in vain to find someone who can take one of the remaining healthy branches and graft it to new root stock. Can you point us to someone who can help? Thanks for your input.
We do not know of anyone in Montgomery County who does apple tree grafting, unfortunately. You might want to contact your county extension office to see if they know of anyone who does this. You can find the contact information on the following page. http://extension.umd.edu/montgomery-county
Another resource is the Backyard Fruit Growers Association. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~dailey/byfg.html This group is based in southern Pennsylvania, but they might be able to help you find resources on grafting.