Annual Report of the American Institute of the City of New York, Volume 34: 107 (1873)

Grafting In And In

Mr. R. Dibble, Branford, Conn., writes June 7, as follows: "I have just read in The Times an item on grafting in and in, and asking facts in regard to it About forty years ago my father had a large and thrifty apple-tree standing near the house, which bore an abundance of fruit so exceedingly sour as to be wholly unfit for use excepting for cider. I helped him graft a part of the tree from a very sweet apple standing near. The second year we grafted another part of the same tree from the scions set the previous year. The third year we grafted the remainder of the tree from those of the second setting. A few years afterward I was home in the fruiting season, and these grafts produced three different kinds of fruit, all differing from each of the original stocks. The first strongly resembled the fruit from the sweet apple, which was light and clear but only moderately sweet. The second was very slightly striped, like the sour apple of the stock, and, as we called it, neither sweet nor sour, while the third was clearly a striped and a moderately sour apple; and retained those characteristics until my father sold the place, some eight years since. In my mind, there is no question in regard to this. The stock changes in a measure the fruit grown from the scion grafted. No man can graft a Rhode Island greening on a sweet apple stock, and another from the same on a sour stock, and have the same fruit in appearance and taste as the original, from each tree. To say the least, I have never been able to do it. I have a number of trees, and no two are alike.