Preparing a Shea scion for grafting

Grafting is the process of taking one plant and binding its stem to that of another so that they grow together.

 

Why? Because with a grafted plant will fruit sooner, and bear more fruit.

 

The 'scion', or fruiting part, pictured, is cut from a mature tree, then bound onto the cut stem of a young rooted tree.

 

Teaching villagers this skill means their tree produce more fruit for food and sale sooner - a remarkably easy, effective technique.

 

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Taken on May 27, 2010