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4202 Jackfruit tree Thai Globe (Kun Wi Chan), Grafted (Artocarpus heterophyllus) ?
What is grafted plant
Q: What is a grafted plant?
A: Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.
Benefits of the graft:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
- introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
- easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful
Thai Globe (Kun Wi Chan) jakfruit (jackfruit) originated in Thailand. Vigorous tree; annual pruning needed to maintain moderate size. The tree is a very heavy producer. Fruits are very large and have round shape. Fruit weight is 35-45lb. Moderately firm to soft yellow flesh has mild, pleasant flavor.