It’s not just the coffee producer who experiences hard graft. The plants do too. And we mean that quite literally.
Grafting, or injerto in Spanish, is a common agricultural practice all over the world. It involves the farmer taking the roots of one tree (known as the rootstock) and the shoot of another (known as the scion) and attaching them.
But why? How? And when? We’ve found three videos that will answer all your questions.
Why Graft Coffee Plants?
Grafting plants allows you to take a plant that produces good fruit and graft it to a plant with strong roots. It’s been used to create hardier plants, change the size or shape of plants, and even to fight against plant disease by combining resistant varietals with more susceptible ones.
While it adds extra time and labour to the cost of production, Tom Greenwell of Greenwell Farms, Hawaii believes that it pays off. In this video, he explains grafting while his employee Riley demonstrates it on their coffee plants.
How to Graft Coffee Plants
For a more up-close look at the act of grafting, this quick clip from Generation Nothingness demonstrates the process. There’s no sound, and the quality isn’t great, but it’s easy to see and understand what’s going on.
Another example comes from this Spanish-language video from MOVEMOcr.
Feature photo credit: Greenwell Farms
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