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top grafting

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noun Horticulture.
  1. grafting in the top, as of a tree, in order to replace existing branches with those of a more desired variety or form.
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Origin of top grafting

First recorded in 1895–1900
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Cleft-grafting is often employed for other purposes than the 88 top-grafting of old trees.

    The Nursery Book

    Liberty Hyde Bailey

  • Free from blight and apparently valuable as a stock for top-grafting.

  • This is particularly the case in stock-grafts and in renewing an orchard by top-grafting.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

  • Any varieties of butternut or black walnut can be propagated by budding or top-grafting them on seedling stocks.

  • The most important factor in the top-grafting of an old tree is the shaping of the top.

    The Nursery Book

    Liberty Hyde Bailey