Professional Grafting Services
Experts in the field of grafting since 1948.
Bench and Field Grafting
Any order, large or small, with millions of grafts done yearly.

Contact Us

We’re located in the traditional apple-growing area of Cowiche, Washington, but we graft trees anywhere.

Contact us about grafting your apples, pears, pecans or cherries!

Call Dan at (509) 930-1420 or send an e-mail to WhitneysGrafting@gmail.com

Bench Grafting

Bench Grafts Done Right

Bench Grafts, also called “whip grafts”, are a favorite at Whitney’s Grafting. There is nothing magical about making great bench grafts if you start with top quality rootstock, combine them with properly stored scion wood (the stick that is grafted on), then have them grafted together by a skilled tradesman and sealed with our own special hot wax — always kept at the perfect temperature to prevent harm to any buds or cambium.

Top Quality Supplies for the Job

Most of the rootstock comes from suppliers such as Treco or Copenhaven Farms, who specialize in growing top quality roots that are perfect for grafting. The customer can purchase them and have them delivered to our facility or, for an additional fee, we will try to find and negotiate the purchase for our customer. Whenever possible, rootstock should be shipped to our facility well ahead of schedule, so when the time is right we can graft them without delay. We are able to graft inside our work room in any kind of weather, and typically operate from January through March.

The Process in Pictures

When all of the materials have been gathered together (scion, rootstock, wax and people), our team begins work, assembling up to 25,000 grafts each day.

step1Preparing scion wood for grafting

First, we make matching cuts on both the scion and the rootstock, and then notch them so they will fit together with the most cambium contact possible, as this improves the strength and success potential of the graft.

step2Scion being notched

After they are assembled, they should look like one single stick. The sign of a great graft is when you cannot tell where the rootstock ends and the scion begins.

step3Scion and rootstock assembled and ready for taping

We use grafting tape to hold them together so they can heal.

step4Wrapped grafts

Next, we dip the grafts into hot wax, to seal them, and protect the scion from loss of moisture and viability.

step5Grafts after being dipped in wax

Now, all that’s left is to bundle the grafts so they are ready to go to the customer.

step6Bundled grafts, ready to grow

Field Grafting

Experience Matters

Whitney’s Grafting is the best source for grafts of all kinds. We’ve been doing it since 1948 and do millions of grafts a year. Our experience and our knowledge of grafting make us the best choice in the field.

We specialize in apples and pears but also do cherries and pecans.

 

New Field Grafts

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Our wax eliminates all air holes
Having fun in the field!
Limb grafting

 

Rooted in Family Tradition

Dad took a class after World War II while he was working for an orchardist in Naches, Washington. Soon after that, he was presented the challenge of grafting his employer’s orchard. And it worked. That was in 1948. We’ve been grafting apples and other fruits ever since.

I grew up grafting. I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t. I took over the business from Dad in 1983 and our crew has grown from 3 people to over 40.

 

Field Grafts Doing Their Thing

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Cherry bark grafts
Will be producing apples in two years
Like it’s supposed to be
The result in 3 years

 

So what’s an old grafter from Washington doing grafting pecans in Georgia?

The phone call asked if we grafted “P-Cans” and I said no. But the voice on the other end persisted and said that he really needed grafters to graft his pecans. To make a long story short, we now go to Georgia every year and graft pecans, and look forward to doing it.

Pecans require different temperatures for callusing than most other plants. Callusing is what happens when the scion (or graft) knits together with the stock. The window of time for grafting pecans is pretty short. It works out perfectly for grafters from Washington state, because their season begins before ours, and we’re back to begin our season right after.

 

Pecan Nursery Grafting

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Pecan whip grafting
One year old pecan whip graft

 

 

Family Grafting Since 1948

Keeping it in the Family

Whitney’s Grafting, a family business located near Yakima in Washington State, has been in the business of orchard grafting since 1948. Able to handle both large and small orders, we literally do hundreds of thousands of bench grafts in our facility each year as well as hundreds of thousands of field grafts in clients’ orchards. Experience is a major factor to consider when choosing who to do your grafting, and Whitney’s Grafting has proven experience and success for over half a century.

 

Generations of Experience

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The new Whitney farm in 1956
 Dan on their “new” tractor in 1966
Loading boxes of apples in 1963
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Dan Whitney on their 1936 tractor in 1963
Dan on that same tractor today

 

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Fireblight is awful when it gets in young grafts. The owner tried to cut it out and sprayed for it but it is still there 😔 ... See MoreSee Less

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Grafts that failed because the owner did not heed instructions to make a cut down low to relieve the bleeding in the graft area... Grafts will not take if they are completely sitting in water. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here we are doing some chip budding on some M7 rootstock. It was a very hot day so we were glad to finish early ... See MoreSee Less

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Here are some Evercrisp grafts coming along nicely. Grafted 65 days ago ... See MoreSee Less

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These trees were grafted last year but had problems with bleeding so the grafts on one side did not take. We are attempting to save the tree by cutting low enough to find viable cambium on the side of the tree that is dieing since nothing is growing on that side ... See MoreSee Less

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Old Red Delicious turning into Ambrosia ... See MoreSee Less

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39 year old trees that they want grafted.... I would start over since they are planted 20 by 24 feet! ... See MoreSee Less

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You would think we were back in Michigan! Today we are doing Evercrisp notch grafts in Mattawa Wa ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is a grafted tree that did not grow last year because of bleeding but it didn't die... This year its going to be growing fine. Many trees that bleed will die so this one is an exception ... See MoreSee Less

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It is time for Evercrisp. Watch for this one in a year or so!
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This is the alternative to grafting when the orchard is no longer making money. There is alot of firewood just going to be wasted here😥 ... See MoreSee Less

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We tried to not graft these old rotten stumps 3 years ago but they insisted. I am amazed even with the rotten center most of them grew ... See MoreSee Less

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Here we go. Pecan grafting in Mississippi! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here we go! Pecan trees waiting to be grafted. ... See MoreSee Less

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Georgia here we come. In just a couple days the crew will head out for the start of our 2020 grafting season. Lots of Pecans to graft and then back to Wa, Or, and then Michigan for lots of apples.. Pictures to follow soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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2019 is about over and the grafting for 2020 is already adding up. So far we will be working in Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Lots of Pecans, Apples and Cherries and maybe other things like Persimmons and Walnuts also.
Contact us soon if you have a project you are thinking about having us graft.
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Expirmental Greenwood graft done July 10. Whips were cut out of the next tree and grafted in after stripping the leaves. See post from July 18 below to see this tree a few days after grafting . ... See MoreSee Less

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Walnuts! Thought I would try a chip bud and a t bud on walnuts. These are English Walnut on Black Walnut. ... See MoreSee Less

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Problems with buds in the greenhouse. Many did not make it and firelight is a severe issue perhaps. I also do not like the buddy tape the other chip bud crew used ... See MoreSee Less

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This tree was bleeding so much the grafts done 1 and a half months ago did not take so now that it has stopped bleeding I cut it off again and grafted with green wood instead of dormant wood because I didn't have any. They are growing! ... See MoreSee Less

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I just want to thank everyone for a great grafting year. We have been in many places across the US from Georgia and Texas to Washington, Oregon and then Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio to finish it up. We have had some super clients to work for and a great partner for our team in Michigan. Thanks Robbie Vantimmeren for bringing us there to work with your crew ... See MoreSee Less

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Last orchard in Michigan for us this year ... See MoreSee Less

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In some situations like here in Michigan it is better to not cut the tree all the way off. Notice how better much better the graft looks on The Closer tree ... See MoreSee Less

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I love seeing them all growing. Thank you to my excellent workers! ... See MoreSee Less

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A few FSA reps came out to observe what goes on when you graft an orchard and 2 of them were brave enough to try it themselves! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cosmic Crisp apples going on old RedDelicious ... See MoreSee Less

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These are grafts done last August with green wood, not dormant wood. Notice that they only grew a couple feet compared to 6 or 7 feet for grafts set in april or may ... See MoreSee Less

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these trees were supposed to be grafted last year but the scion wood to put on them was no good so he just left them another year and now we're grafting what grew ... See MoreSee Less

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The graft is alive from last year but it is not growing because the owner did not cut the limb to make it grow after it healed in ... See MoreSee Less

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