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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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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Expirmental notch graft done on cherry last year ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is a cherry orchard we grafted almost exactly 1 year ago ... 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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The last row of pecans ... See MoreSee Less

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PECANS PECANS PECANS. Yep there are a few grafted pecan trees here in the nursery we are working in. Texas Pecan Nursery ... See MoreSee Less

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We are close to finishing the Pecan Grafting in Georgia this year and next week we will be doing the same in Texas ... See MoreSee Less

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What a blast teaching grafting to the class at Homestead Heritage. Here is a young fellow that will be an excellent grafter. Thanks for the invite to teach ... See MoreSee Less

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OK Those of you joining us for the grafting workshop in Texas. We will see you in a few days! Bring any projects you want to work on
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Grafting Class will be held January 11,12 2019 in Waco Texas at Homestead Heritage. Class signup will soon be available on their website sustainlife.org or you can contact them via email info@sustainlife.org or by phone. "For questions about our events please call (254) 754-9600".
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Grafting Class January 11, 12 in Waco Texas. Information to follow but if you are interested prepare to come be part of a 2 day learning experience. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are wanting grafts in 2019 now is a good time to get on our schedule. Calls are coming in and some spaces are getting filled ... See MoreSee Less

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We get to travel to some of the most remote places to set grafts and chip buds. This is Stardust Ranch just below Lower Monumemtal Dam on the Snake river out where cell phones don't work in Eastern Washington State ... See MoreSee Less

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Pecan greenwood bark graft done July 24. Limb was cut from source tree and bark graft preformed. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is what can be done when you discover the nursery made a mistake on what they sold you. Chip buds in late August that become sleeping eyes till next spring ... See MoreSee Less

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Chip bud done in Texas February 2018. Looking really nice ... See MoreSee Less

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Expirmental chip bud and T bud on pecan ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the result of "scion rooting". The big trees were planted too deep so the restrictive rootstock was not able to control the size of the tree because the graft was planted in the ground allowing it to develop roots. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bark graft done on pecan June 1 at Sandy Ridge Pecans ... See MoreSee Less

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Ingrid Carnine at Sandy Ridge Pecans has been quite successful with her version of side grafting pecans ... See MoreSee Less

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Many thousands of pecan trees being patch budded. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pecan trees grafted in January of this year ... See MoreSee Less

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Patch buds done 21 days ago ... See MoreSee Less

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Here we go! Patch budding Pecans ... See MoreSee Less

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Cherry grafts 2 years old. These have done very well ... See MoreSee Less

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It always makes a grafter smile to go back and see the good results of your work. Congratulations to Mr Den Beste for making us look so good. The care after grafting is super important too. ... See MoreSee Less

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I think we have finally wound up the grafting for 2018. It's been a long hard run this year starting out in Georgia on January 5. Records have been set such as the number of sticks which are about 1.5 million this year.
August begins the Budding season with several hundred thousand to set. We will be doing Patch Buds, T Buds, and Chip Buds depending on where we are. Pictures to follow in August.
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These are left over grafting scions that have been laying in a bin at about 60 degrees for 2 weeks or so. Notice the callus tissue around the basel ends and not on the apical end. Also note this has occurred before the buds have really pushed out ... See MoreSee Less

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9000 grafts in about 3.5 hrs thanks to the helpers at the Rasch orchard in Fremont Michigan ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the difference before and after cutting a relief cut below the grafting zone. Bleeding in graft zone reduced to nothing. Most top worked trees in Michigan need this ... See MoreSee Less

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Notice that top working trees here is much different than Washington state. Look at all the feeder limbs left to reduce the incidence of bleeding ... See MoreSee Less

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Black stem borer is devastating to grafted trees here in Michigan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Maslin Pink Lady apples being changed to Fuji in Michigan ... See MoreSee Less

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Here they come! Cosmic Crisp on their way 20 to 30 days after grafting ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is the alternative to grafting an orchard when it is not growing something that makes money. Those piles of trees will all be burnt the ground will be worked up and then sometime later more trees will be planted ... See MoreSee Less

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