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As a general rule, a graft consists of introducing a piece of a different plant, belonging to the same plant family, on the lower part of another plant. This piece can be a branch, a bud, a branch with buds, and it is the real grafts, while the hosting plant is called rootstock. In addition to the reproductive purpose of a graft, there is also the graft measure which is taken to strengthen up the plants in order to make it more resistant to parasites or other external adversities. If well made, grafts can end up in precious additional decorations to the plants, being useful at the same time.
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Grafts cannot be done anywhere, in fact, it is only with fruit trees and other wooden plants, that you will have the chance to graft your plants. Vegetable plants are not used to make grafts. Fruit trees, roses and all those plants which have a wooden structure can host a graft. You will have to make the perfect graft fit the plant in order to get the best from it. Bud grafts are those which involve the usage of buds, English grafts are those using branches with buds, and crown grafts is made of more than one branch introduced in the cut of the rootstock plant.
Graft time is not the same for every plant. You can graft in the winter, in the fall, in the summer and even in the spring time, depending on how and what you are about to graft. Usually, bud grafts are made in spring or summer, of course, because it is the time when most of the plants have their productive period. If you do the practice at the end of the productive time, you will have a sleepy grafts, which will be more resistant for the following season, being at rest for most part of the fall and the winter period. If you are grafting garden plants, like roses or similar, you should consider it as a crossbreeding procedure. The only difference is that these kinds of grafts request much more patience and time. Succulents also can be grafted, most of all to create a decorative look to these exotic plants. Once you have done the cuts, in these cases, you will have to place the plants in the shadow waiting for the wounds to get healed.