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top grafting

noun, Horticulture
grafting in the top, as of a tree, in order to replace existing branches with those of a more desired variety or form.
Origin of top grafting
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The top-grafting of large trees is an important operation, and there are many men who make it a business.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • 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
  • It is particularly adapted to large stocks and is the method universally employed for top-grafting old trees.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • Budding is sometimes employed the same as top-grafting for changing over the top of an old tree from one variety to another.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • This is particularly the case in stock-grafts and in renewing an orchard by top-grafting.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • Free from blight and apparently valuable as a stock for top-grafting.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Cleft-grafting is often employed for other purposes than the 88 top-grafting of old trees.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey

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