This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent from Clifton, Kan., writes: "Will you be so kind as to inform me whether the different kinds of maple can be grafted, root grafted and budded the same as the apple with success. Have some in my ground of soft maple and box elder that I should like to have budded or grafted with the Norway and other finer varieties."
[Maple trees or any kind of tree can be grafted, budded or root grafted, just the same "as an apple," that is to say as one variety of an apple can be grafted on a seedling or other apple, so can one variety be grafted on another of the same variety. When it comes to working one species on another species, no one will ever know what the result will be till he tries. There is no rule. We do not know that the soft or silver maple will grow on the Norway, but we fancy the Norway would grow on the silver maple, for it seems to allow almost any species to grow on it. As to the Box elder, we do not know whether it has ever been tried as a stock or not. If any one knows we should be glad of the information as regards this or any other species.
Our correspondent kindly sends a stamp for an immediate reply. It may be as well to repeat what has often been said, that the Editor of the Gardener's Monthly can not undertake to send replies to these questions. As Editor, he is glad to receive questions of public interest as this one is, and answer them in a public way. As a public servant it is his duty to serve the public, so long as thirty-two pages a month in the Magazine will enable him to serve them. He would be glad to do more than his duty and serve individuals as well as the public, but unfortunately the days are too short, and possibly his pen holding hand would give out if even the days were longer. We hope this explanation will be satisfactory to our friend who has really given us a very useful public question. - Ed. G. M.]