Techniques for Melon Grafting

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Interest in vegetable grafting has been growing in the United States in recent years. By physically conjoining a plant with desirable fruit characteristics (called a scion) onto another plant with specific disease resistance or stress tolerance (called a rootstock), grafted plants combine the beneficial characteristics of both the rootstock and scion cultivars. Grafted plants, however, are more costly than the regular transplants and many organic growers are choosing to graft plants by themselves. However, achieving a high graft survival rate can often be challenging for growers, especially during their initial attempts at grafting.

This fact sheet, developed by University of Florida, is intended to help growers who are interested in grafting melon plants by introducing them to some commonly used grafting techniques and their application in specific circumstances.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.