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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Here we go. Side grafts in Michigan

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Check out the nice write up in Rooted!
It was fun taking Andrea around while she wrote and talked and took pictures.

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These big trees are fun to do except for the wire lol. Here is Ramon P doing what he is good at

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Working on the last job for the grafting year in Washington state before heading to Michigan for more grafting!

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A sight like this makes a grafter smile

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Here they come! Cosmic Crisp on their way 20 to 30 days after grafting

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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

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Grafting limbs instead of the trunk

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Successful grafts from last year.

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Yes even big stumps!

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Sometimes we are forced to work in places with views like this. Both Mount Adams and Mount Rainier in view

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More soon to be Cosmic Crisp apples.

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Cosmic crisp side grafts on Naches Heights

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Ramon P can set over 3000 grafts a day

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We love grafting stumps

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What an awful place to be working lol

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There will be around 90,000 sticks set in this block to Honeycrisp

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Lots of this new apple coming to market soon

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We will be heading to Michigan in a few weeks when we finish the work in Washington state. If you would like to visit with us there let us know and I'll try to arrange a time

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Here is a good example of how to use the grafting to your advantage in producing a newer style higher production orchard

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This is Fun for our grafting team

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Get ready for Cosmic Crisp!

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These Cameo apple trees will soon be growing Cosmic Crisp apples

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5 years after grafting

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Ramon showing off

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Nice orchard starting the third year after grafting

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Making a side graft.
1 make the J cut on limb
2. Insert scion
3 make sure tip has crossed cambium and scion leans to the other side of cut so it crosses cambium near the top
4 wrap and seal

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This will be a very nice gala apple orchard in a couple of years

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Getting the scion wood ready for grafting

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Trial notch graft on a cherry tree

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More grafted cherries for Mary Whitney friend that says you can't graft cherries

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We love doing big orchards like this one

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1 month 2 weeks ago

What a great day to be grafting.!
These are Red Delicious being grafted to Pink Lady

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1 month 3 weeks ago

I sure don't like working on the slope but what a pretty view of the Colombia River. Grafting cherries

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1 month 3 weeks ago

My wife said she has a cherry grower friend that says you cannot graft cherries so I thought I would post a few pictures of grafted cherries lol

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1 month 4 weeks ago

Here are some grafts done 20 years ago. These are Honeycrisp grafted on to Red Delicious

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2 months 1 day ago

Here is the start of cherry side grafts for 2018

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We start Cherry Field Grafting this week. Look for pictures soon.

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Homeschooled kids on a learning adventure

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Here are 2 multi variety apple trees im sending down to my friends at Georgia Pecan Nursery. 7 on one tree and 8 on the other

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Just one of many bins full of little grafted apple trees

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Lots of bench grafted apple trees

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Our hot wax does a great job sealing and stabilizing the grafts

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Anacita making it look easy

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Bernice has wrapped many grafts before. Can you tell?

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We love doing bench grafts on a cold day

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Pecans really want to put down a tap root

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3 months 2 weeks ago

We are getting ready to head to Texas to graft more Pecans. Ill post some pictures soon

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4 months 1 week ago

Here is the place we are grafting Pecans
https://www.facebook.com/georgiapecannursery/

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5 months 4 weeks ago

Now is the right time to make plans for the spring grafting. If you have trees you would like to move to a different variety or if you want to grow your own nursery give us a call to discuss your plans. Don't wait as we are receiving calls for next spring already and the book is starting to fill up. Still lots of room at this point.
Call Dan 509 930 1420

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6 months 1 week ago

I am curious as to why i have received 15 likes from people in the Philippines! Thats more likes by far than all the rest. Anyone there that can tell me why?

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6 months 2 weeks ago

Whitney's Grafting is already gearing up for 2018. We have received several requests for grafting thus far and we are anticipating a big year ahead. Get your name in early..

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9 months 2 weeks ago

Chip Buds anyone? We are about to start setting some chip buds on apples, Pears and apricots for some orchardists. There is still room to fit a little more in so if you are interested contact us soon

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11 months 2 weeks ago

2017 Grafting season is finally over.
Thanks to everyone who contacted us to do your grafting and thanks to everyone following us here on Facebook . It's been a good year with a talented crew . Thanks guys
Anyone needing chip buds in August or September give me a call. 509 930 1420

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1 year 2 months ago

We are almost ready to hit the field. We will start out by doing a little Cherry grafting and when that is over there are many apples to graft. Numbers are down a bit this year as of right now so there is still room for another big job or 2.Give us a call

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1 year 2 months ago

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There is still snow on the ground here but it is not too early to make plans for grafting.New varieties of apples seem to be the excitement now days and Red Honeycrisp is at the top of the list but everything from cider apples to some of the new club apples are popular. Cosmic Crisp is not yet available for orchard grafting so we must wait another year or so to get into that one.
Pecans... or as they say in Georgia PEE-cans is what the crew is working right now. They will be back here shortly to get moving on bench grafts and then Cherries and then apples.

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