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Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:27:17 PM »
I have a few scions of a variety of Acerola I like I got on my travels.  I figured I'd try to root 2 and graft 2 to a Florida Sweet.  Anyone have any tips of type of graft?  Does Acerola root easily?  Hormone help?

I also have one scion of the Peanut Butter Fruit that has green smooth leaves.  Any tips on rooting?  I could also graft part of it, but my larger Peanut Butter Fruit is the fuzzy leaved species.  Do they graft successfully?

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Re: Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 03:37:09 PM »
We propagate acerola by layering as it is much easier than rooting cuttings.  To root cuttings you need to be patient and donít let them dry out.  Itís taken me 2 months or more to establish roots on an acerola cutting.  Iíve never heard of grafting acerola, probably because we never get viable seed.
Bunchosia is so fast from seed that we only have propagated it like that.

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Re: Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2019, 03:46:26 PM »
I've had some luck getting Acerola from cuttings but tented the cuttings and had them in full shade a log time. Probably less than 50% success. Agree with Peanut Butter Fruit, seeds are large, have a lot of energy. They respond very well to tipping and every time the shoots grow 3-4 leaf pairs I tip them and get 2 branches. These bear on branch tips so you don't want a tall tree but the most multi-branched compact shrub you can get.

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Re: Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2019, 04:14:06 PM »
I have a few scions of a variety of Acerola I like I got on my travels.  I figured I'd try to root 2 and graft 2 to a Florida Sweet.  Anyone have any tips of type of graft?  Does Acerola root easily?  Hormone help?

I also have one scion of the Peanut Butter Fruit that has green smooth leaves.  Any tips on rooting?  I could also graft part of it, but my larger Peanut Butter Fruit is the fuzzy leaved species.  Do they graft successfully?

I've grafted across PB species. one out of two took. well matched whip grafts.
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Re: Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 06:27:30 PM »
Thanks for all the advice.  Will use my material tonight.

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Re: Any tips on rooting/grafting Acerola and Peanut Butter Fruit
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 07:59:46 PM »
I have had similar results with the Acerola cuttings and they took several months to
root. They leaves stay green even when they don't root for a long time.
I traded once for a peanut butter fruit tree that was grown from a cutting.
It is a very good small tree and very prolific. My seedling is much taller and
also prolific. If you have a cutting give it a try. It may be best to try multiple
cuttings to increase your chances. I have had around 50% success with acerola
but have not tried more then 10. I do have a bush in my yard that I rooted.