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How to Graft Japanese Maple Trees.

Last updated : 7 November 2014

Japanese Maple Grafting DVD, three people get it free!

Discover how to grow beautiful Japanese maples like this at home!

Acer palmatum Orido Nishiki

Acer palmatum Orido Nishiki

 

Lion's Head Japanese Maple

Lion’s Head Japanese Maple

 

Grafting your own Japanese maple trees really isn’t difficult to do once you know how.  The actual act of grafting is easy, but there are a lot of little things that determine how successful you are in your efforts.  Things like timing, temperature, how warm should the root stock be, how warm should the scion wood be, what time of the year is ideal for grafting etc.

Japanese maples are one of the most desired and intriguing plants in the plant kingdom.  For us to be able to reproduce these beautiful creatures at will is pretty exciting.

In order to graft a Japanese maple tree the first thing you need are one or more seedlings that you can graft onto.  The seedling that you use has to be in the same Japanese maple family as the desired variety that you are trying to create.  Most Japanese maples are in the acer Palmatum family.  Acer meaning a maple tree, Palmatum being a specific kind of Japanese maple.

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

 

Japanese maples, or even Japanese red maples are quite easy to grow from seed.  I am producing a new “How to DVD” in which I will not only teach you exactly how to grow Japanese maples from seed, but I will show you all the tricks to successfully graft these beautiful plants.

Grafting is a winter sport.  Typically grafting is done in January and February.  The seedling is stored outside where it is cold, then two to three weeks before you start grafting the seedling is move indoors where it is nice and warm, around 70 degrees.  It takes 10 to 14 days for the dormant rootstock (seedling) to come out of dormancy.  Once the rootstock starts to break dormancy, that’s the ideal time to make your graft.

The scion, which is just a fancy name for a cutting, is left outside, still attached to the tree from which it is going to be removed right up until the day that you are going to graft.  In other words, on the day that you make your graft, you want the rootstock just coming out of dormancy, but the scion still very much dormant.

Sound confusing?  I know it sounds that way, but it really is much simpler than that which is why we are making a DVD about this process

Three People Get this New DVD Absolutely Free!

Butterfly Japanese Maple

Butterfly Japanese Maple

 

We are going to pick three people completely at random to receive one of these new DVDs free of charge.  Just enter a comment below if you’d like to be considered for this give away.  Winners will be notified by Email.

Interested?

Comments

    • Adam says

      This sounds amazing. Your video will surely help me with bonsai’s in South Africa. Thanx for all the great tips.

        • misty says

          No!No! Don’t pick him (slapping his hands down overzealously) Pick Me,Pick Me Instead! Just Kidding. I just had to throw that in there. Loved the comment.
          Mike, Your site and newsletter are absolutely the best and are so helpful. I just came in from outside to reread some of your archived newsletters to prepare for spring. (Which do you prefer zealous optimism or kissing up?) I couldn’t resist since it seemed like I was kissing up with my comment. Hope you have a great day and I really do appreciate all the info you share with us. I’m someone with a black thumb but with your tips I manage to grow beautiful flowers and shrubs. Thanks.

    • Benian says

      Mike I have 1 Japanese Maple I paid $150.00 for and I’ve been trying propagate it since. They are beautiful trees.
      Thanks Benian

    • Bernadette says

      Have four Japanese Maples and love them. Would like to learn how to properly graft and take care of them. Enjoy your site very much!!

    • Bob Donker says

      Yes I would very much like this DVD, I’m new at this type of work,but love working in the garden.
      We have just moved to a 5 acre treed property and hope to finish building some time this spring and start laying out and building a garden.
      We would like to leave most off it wild for the Moose and Deer that have visited us all winter.

    • Ann Horne says

      Love to have this DVD. Maples are amazing. Would appreciate the know-how to grow these beautiful trees. Thank you for the opportunity. Ann.

    • karen p. says

      why can’t the tree be grown totally from seed? why does it have to be grafted?

      love your newsletter, thanks.

    • Tom Rock says

      What a great looking tree! I can see it now
      looking out my front window and admiring
      my beautiful maple that I started from seed.
      Cool man! Keep up the good work’

    • Lori C says

      I started my little seedling collection from my own seeds and i’m going into my second year! They take a while to grow, but they are so “cute” right now. I would LOVE to learn how to graft them and take my Japanese Maple skills to a whole new level. PICK ME, PICK ME!!!!! :-)

    • Irene says

      I’m Jst fascinated with your green thumb & the results that u produce! You make it look so easy & doable which is the main reason why I’ve followed you for years! Wish I could get a copy of ur upcoming DVD! :)

    • Mubita Kabalanyana says

      Thank you for all the posts you have made in the past. I believe that the video you are shooting will be as exciting as any that you have done before.

    • robert lamica says

      These trees are majestic. have not grown any but would love to. not sure I can living in Vermont. It would be great if I could.

    • Karla Paul says

      I have always wanted to learn how to graft and would love to learn from you! This really is an art and a gift you have. Thanks so much for sharing! Karla Idaho

    • Beth says

      Thank you for the offer. I would really enjoy having this video. I have 3 Japanese Maples and would enjoy grafting them and selling them. Kind Regards,
      Beth

    • Wendy says

      The trees are beautiful. I know I won’t get the free DVD but I would still be interested in
      knowing how to fine the seeds, trying my hand at growing one or two of them.

    • Kathleen Malo says

      I am wondering why these trees need to be grafted if they can easily be grown from seed? Just curious about the process. I know fruit trees are grafted into root stock as well and that is how different varieties have been grown. I am new to all of this but am very interested in one day establishing a business growing trees. This is a particularly popular one. They are beautiful because the Lord made them!

      • Mike says

        Kathleen,

        Japanese maples can be easily grown from seed, even Japanese Red Maples can be grown from seed. But just like with the fruit trees the only way to reproduce an exact clone of the variety that you want is to use a process that is asexual. Growing from seed is sexual propagation and just like with making babies, each and every one is very unique. Because most rare varieties of Japanese maples are difficult to grow from a rooted cutting, grafting is the most predictable and dependable way to produce the plant that you want to grow.

      • Rob says

        Hi Kathleen. It’s best practice to graft a particular ‘named’ maple cultivar, to be 100% sure of getting the desired characteristics. I grow maples from seed, and I have some really beautiful seedlings, but some are very different to the parent tree. This is because maples hybridize (cross-pollinate) freely. This is the means by which new cultivars are produced. Truly it can be said that these trees bring praise to the Creator of such beauty (Psalm 104:24). Rob

  1. Sara says

    I appreciate the information posted/shared with others. I keep learning and learning and learning!

    Right now, we are not growing for profit – just to feed ourselves and a few other families.

    This is our first year being able to add some fun plants to our landscaping. Something that is there for looks, not just function (ie – eating).

  2. Kenneth Bowers says

    Mike, I live in upstate NY, Rochester. Because you are in Ohio many of your tips and tricks of gardening I am able to use. I have a small yard that is not condusive to propegating with enough to sell but have for a couple of years used your videos to help me with my small estate. Thanks much and hopefuly I’ll win the tapes.
    Thanks again!

  3. Deb Rebel says

    Tossing my hat after I wipe off the starter mix I was concocting…

    Good luck in your grafting endeavors too!

  4. nancyt says

    I love Japanese maples one of my favorite little trees. It would be a joy to win one of the DVDs. Thank you for giving them away.
    God bless, nancyt.

  5. frank mc carthy says

    hi mike
    frank here from ireland
    love your emails and visits to your sites,would love a dvd on grafting
    regards
    frank

  6. wade giddens says

    Love you site and newsletters. I tell all my friends to visit your site. Thank you so much for all the good gardening tips over the years.
    Please put my name in for the dvd drawing.
    All the best!

    Wade

  7. Melissa says

    I am looking to start grafting trees to have that extra “wow” at the plant swaps..this way I can get my name out there better and then I can get more “customers” to buy my beautiful new trees!!! I would love a DVD to help me do it right!

  8. Judy Rummel says

    love to win the DVD– and love those Japanese maples. I had never seen or heard of them till I started getting your newsletter, which has been so helpful.
    Yes I would love to learn how to grow these. And can they be grown here in central Florida?

  9. Jerry says

    Hello Mike –

    I truly enjoy your info videos! I’ve learned a lot, and will ‘stay tuned’. Sounds like a good video. Please throw me into the hat.

    Regards,

    Jerry

  10. Anne Fitak says

    Graphing has always fascinated me, but looked too tricky to try. I can’t wait to see if your DVD proves me wrong!

    Keep up the good work, Mike. You’re an inspiration to us all!
    Anne

  11. Scott Jones says

    I’d love to learn from you Mike, about Japanese Maples. I’d also love to learn how to grow avocado trees, not going for fruit by just to see a successful grow.

  12. Kimberly Tritt says

    I love all of your tips. I keep them because I want to get started on my own business soon. I would love to get the DVD so I can add this to my list of wonderful information.
    Thanks,
    Kim

  13. Victor Smith says

    My wife and I bought a couple of Japanese Maples when we were in North Carolina visiting my son several years ago. (might have been from one of your students?) It would be really cool to be able to graft and reproduce from these two trees.

  14. John Griffin says

    Mike, Thanks as always for the information and inspiration that you provide. LOVE the Japanese Maples. Maybe one day I’ll get a few going!

  15. Tony Duran says

    This town in New Mexico where I reside has no idea what a Japanese Maple tree is, nor what it looks like. People here love their trees, and plants – this will definitely “wow’ them.

  16. Bob Hunt says

    Mike,
    I’d like to win the DVD.
    I’ve been following you for a while & am looking for things to do win I retire.

  17. Mac Summers says

    Been with you since the sign-in great wall of information several years ago. Love it all! Your information is invaluable.
    All the best, Mac

  18. Ellen Marvel says

    Love receiving your emails and the videos! Thank you for sharing all you know with some thousands of people! I would love your DVD on grafting maples. I love proporgrating.

  19. Melissa says

    I would absolutely love to know how to graft Japanese maples. Thanks so much for your information and these wonderful videos!

  20. Phyllis MacDonald says

    Thanks for your messages of inspiration! With frigid cold weather and a new dusting of snow in New Hampshire, your email messages bring “Spring” a little closer! God Bless.

  21. JUANITA PRITCHETT says

    MIKE I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE VIDEO ON JAPANEASE MAPLES NEVER WON NOTHING IN MY LIFE HAHA THANK YOU JUANITA

  22. Eric McGlade says

    Mike,

    Thanks for taking the time to post videos and helpful comments. I am finally venturing into the great wide world of gardening, after reading through your website and post for a couple years. Keep it coming!!

  23. Pernette Behrendt says

    Thank you for coming into our homes and making everthing seem so easy. With all of your help, it is. Smile! Pernette

  24. Jeff LaChance says

    Mike,

    Thanks for all you do. Please put my name in for the grafting DVDs. I’d like to see a lot more Japanese Maples here in West Virginia.

  25. says

    I do not have a hat. Will an official garden cap due? PS I heard that planting catnip around the home foundation will keep the termites and mice away. Is there any truth to this claim?

    • mary plourde says

      i have heard that to a friend in a house tryed it near a back corner just to try .didit late fall so not sure if it will work would love to find out if there is some truth to it.

  26. George F Kovacs says

    Mike, your tips are the best. I ordered and used the rooting system you suggested and had enough fig trees to use as gifts for friends and family.Thanks

  27. says

    Hi Mike,
    I’ve got several Japanese maples growing around my four acres, and I’d really like to start growing some more from seed.
    Your newsletters and videos make it look pretty doable. I just need a little more motivation to get to it.
    I’d love to get a copy of your new DVD.
    Thanks!

  28. Jeff says

    Hi Mike,
    My backyard needs some help as it is very boring, so I’m throwing my hat into the ring! I bet some of these grafted trees would look AWESOME!
    By the way you rock!
    Is it strange for me to be obsessed with plants?

  29. Libby Wilxcox says

    I would love to be able to learn from your video. I never had the extra money to buy your Backyard Nursery. Maybe if I won this that would inspire me to save for it. I am throwing my hat in the ring. Thanks for all of your info.

  30. angel says

    I enjoy all ur emails! My fav was making a green house out of an old trampoline. I found one and plan on building it this spring! Thanks for all ur help!!

  31. Sheila Kelly says

    I really cherish all of your DVD’s and books,stories and recipes, and of course helping hints. May God bless YOU for making his CREATION a more beautiful Earth each day. sHEILA

  32. says

    I’m going to be giving this a try soon whether I win or not but it sure would be great to watch the DVD first. Hope I win one. Thanks for all you do Mike!

  33. Dawn says

    Mike –

    Love, love, love Japenese Maples. Would really like to learn how to graft these beauties. Thanks for all the great tips!

  34. Leonard Maiani says

    Mike, I’be enjoyed your down to earth advice for years and will continue to do so. You’ve taken a lot of the mystery out of propagation.

  35. [email protected] says

    Yes, I would love to win this! :)

  36. Deke says

    Hi Mike How are things?

    I am interested in the DVD. I grew Balsam Fir in the fridge from seeds over 20 years ago. I would be interested in knowing how to do that with Japanese Maple

    Thanks
    Derek Gilby

  37. Carol says

    Mike – I am trying to start a garden shop in my hometown and would love to have the DVD to share with customers!!!!
    Thanks a million for your great newsletters and inspiration! Carol

  38. Brenda Phillips says

    I have tried to start an apricot tree by every way I’ve ever heard of, but no cigar. NOW I want to start a Japanese maple from the EXPENSIVE tree that I bought ($50.00). Need/want another one but cannot afford the price. Help…and thanks. Brenda

  39. Paul Read says

    Really appreciate all the information you provide. Really looking forward to this springs growing season. Thanks again.

  40. Joyce Thompson says

    Love the way u handle your business . Thanks for the message and I would love to win one of the trees I never won anything on line. Thanks

  41. Melina says

    What a wonderful opportunity! Just had a friend talk with me the other day about grafting, they had someone come out and talk about the potential this process offers…is something that I very much want to learn more about! Too, if I win, will be sharing what I learn with my friend as well! (will also point them to your site!)

    Love following all of your work! Thanks!

  42. Mike says

    Japanese Maples are my favorite to grow. It is amazing the shapes and sizes that can be achieved with simple timely pruning.

  43. Susi Downs says

    I always admired your Japanese maples. I have one inn my yard but this is the first year so not sure how it will be yet. Love to watch your videos. Love the weight loss. You look great.

  44. Larry McMahon says

    Hey Mike,
    Been getting your emails for quite awhile now. I love the Japanese maples. Such a unique little tree. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  45. Nick Lang says

    Hi Mike—we saved a beautiful Japanese maple from a new landscaping project being done at my neighbors house…they were just going to uproot it a toss it out! It now occupies a beautifully landscaped area in my yard and I would love to learn more about the grafting process and these beautiful trees! Thanks–Nick and Marilyn Lang

  46. says

    Would really love to have this DVD. Even though I’m in zone 9-10, I’m quite sure the grafting part will be a good and useful education for me.

    By the way, Mike… do you think I could grow the seeds to seedling stage down here and then sell the seedlings to BYG members? I know we’re too warm for the trees themselves.

  47. Tom Grange says

    I would be very interested in the grafting DVD. I know my grandfather did a lot of grafting and at one point had 7 different kinds of apples on one tree. It would be fun to learn.

  48. Mark Kasz says

    Mark Kasz
    Hi Mike I’ve been a member for a few months haven’t done anything yet this would be a nice start. I hope to get things moving in my backyard this the spring. Thanks for all your great info I’m getting more inspired every time I get an email from you.
    Mark

  49. Renee says

    I’ve tried grafting Japanese Maples already but they always die on me. Would LOVE to know how to do it so my little tries stop dieing on me.

  50. Cynthia says

    My father knew how to do grafting. When I was young he showed me things he had grafted on his farm. Unfortunately, he suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Now that I am older and want to try grafting, he can no longer give me tips on how to do these things. He used to go looking for mushrooms too. I miss my father’s wisdom.

  51. Sharon Hornis says

    We LOVE Japanese Maples! Trying to save one that was damaged by our cold northern Ohio winters. I’d love to have the DVD.

  52. Clint Sloper says

    Mike
    Your how to videos are terrific. Great job , can tell you spend a lot of time in preparation. Sorry to see you get out of the website set up info business.

  53. Brandon Lasseigne says

    Your website provides a lot of good and interesting information and I have been interested in learning how to graft plants.

  54. Ann says

    You never fail to bring helpful and informative gardening advice. And this is so timely. I’ve been thinking of propagating some of my Japanese maple trees. This may well be the time that I’ll do it–with your helpful information, of course.

  55. Juanita Henderson says

    Yes, I would like a DVD on Japanese Mples. I hope I win. Thank You I hope you have a grat day. Juanita Henderson

  56. John says

    Information like you are about to release is powerful!…it would be life changing for the lucky student of this trade whom is picked to receive it…learn it and change life for the better financially speaking!!! Knowledge is POWER!

  57. Michelle says

    I am trying to propagate some Japanese maple but it doesn’t seem to be working so I would love to learn more about it. thanks for the offer.

  58. Richard Isaacson says

    Love all the video segments. I’m looking forward to information on where to find the seeds.Good job Mike !

  59. Seamus Given says

    I already have a few Japanese Maples growing very well in my garden. Would like to know how to propagate from Seed as well as grafting. I am greatful for all the information you have given me in the past. I have enjoyed your book “Easy Plant Propagation” Very informative.Thanks again.

    Seamus Given. Ireland

  60. Linda Gadoury says

    My granddaughter and I are learning about planting and growing trees,flowers and vegetables. This year she is a senior in high school. Horticulture is one of the things she wants to major in. She rads everything you send to my email. I do not want to do anything to discourage her. This would be an asset

  61. Virginia Jurkowski says

  62. Toni says

    I want to put my hat in the ring for the DVD.
    I have my first JRM seeds stratifying now to grow some seedlings and grafting has interested me for a long time but didn’t have a clue how to do it till I joined your program. I will be trying it next winter.
    Toni

  63. Lora says

    I read your e-mail everyday. The information you give is full of info. Thanks. Love to learn to graft tree’s altogether. Not just the Japanese Maple.

  64. Lori Brokaw says

    We have learned so much from you, and you have
    Inspired us to make our home a much more beautiful
    place. Keep inspiring us all.
    God bless.

  65. Merril Dail says

    I love gardening and the different periods of the year. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  66. Chris Calentine says

    We have several Japanese Maples, my wife is Korean and just loves these trees. We lost a couple potted varieties when we moved. We would love to have the DVD.

    Chris & Tae Cha Calentine

  67. Millie Sellers says

    LOVE the updates….I have my daughter looking you up now. Any question I have you ALWAYS have the answer.
    I’ll have the. DVD from you….for my BD. LOL
    Thanks, Mike

  68. Harold Hyer Sr. says

    I have learned alot from all your video Mike…Please put me in for one of your FREE New DVD’s…Thank You for all you have done for all of us….:)

    My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.

    Harold

  69. Bill Blair says

    I would like to use your DVD as part of our classes for Master Gardeners and Tree Stewarts. Thanks for all the great knowledge you pass on.

  70. Jim B says

    Mike,

    I have been subscribing to your web site and mailings for years, and enjoy and learn a great deal with each mailing. Thank you for the ideas and how-to’s that you are always sharing and posting.

    Keep up the great work!
    Jim

  71. Pat Garvey says

    Your easy to learn “growing plants” methods have inspired me to become a better gardener.
    Would love to win the free DVD.

  72. Jim McKown says

    Japanese maples are truly an interesting tree. Have been successful in germinating some seeds but would like to learn more. My hat is in the ring.

  73. Steven peak says

    Hey Mike over the years I’ve learned so much from you and always look forward to your latest tips…
    Thanks for all your help…

  74. sally rogind says

    I love all of your beautiful maple trees and I think it would be so wonderful to learn how to graft them.They are my very favorite trees. I have 2 of them but it sure would be lots of fun to change the looks of them with the art of grafting. Keep up the good work Mike . You are a fantastic gardener and i would love to come down to your place and see all your amazing wonders.Have a wonderful winter . Thanks so much SALLY

  75. P J Maddox says

    Ring me please!

    I am a very sad gardener, but you have been helping me a lot. Thank You for so much.

    I am finally getting enough confidence to try growing plants to sell. We have a large weekend Flea Market that I will be working towards now.

  76. James says

    I am interested in entering for one of the Free DVD’s, but the article didn’t say how to enter! It appears people are just commenting to do so, so here is my comment :)

  77. Brenda Pell says

    I would love to be one of the three who wins the DVD. I love your newletters and videos. They are so helpful to me.

  78. Donna says

    WOW! You have done a wonderful job teaching some of us brown thumbs about propagation. I just want to say “Thank you”. May I be considered for a dvd please?

  79. Steve Willman says

    Thanks for this chance for a free DVD, Mike. I have a few Japanese Maples and I wish they looked as nice as yours in the pictures. It would be really fun to learn how to graft them and/or grow from seed. I sure look forward to seeing this info, even if I don’t get one of three you are to give away! Thanks again for the chance! Steve

  80. Richard says

    I would like to learn how to graft Japanese Maples. I am looking forward to getting a good start on my “alternate bank account” this year. Thanks for everything you do!

  81. Sanya Quinones says

    Hi Mike,
    Those are some beautiful trees. I would love to win the dvd on how to grow Japanese Maples from seed and especially how to graft these beaties.
    Thank you, Sanya

  82. Sue Smith says

    I’m in! Love your “How-To’s”, Mike! Would love to get the video! My daughter said the other day that my grandson now wants to do what his grand parents do for a living – gardening! That’s about the highest compliment anyone could give us! I’ll give the video to him!

    Have a wonderful gardening day!

  83. Arthur Weiler says

    and how about a follow up video on how to prune them at various stages as they grow? I have some one and two year old trees that are ready for shaping, but I’m no expert on what to do next.

  84. B Ted Daley says

    I really would love to learn more about grafting. I have done a few maples and they are beautiful works of art. I’m working on moving to Ohio at the moment and want to follow my passions of growing and doing grafting as a bussiness!

  85. Darlene says

    I look so forward to getting your newsletter. Makes me want to get out and start planting. You are such an inspiration.Throwing my hat in for the DVD.
    Thanks Mike

  86. Debbie White says

    Love your newsletter. I’ve been following your advice for years. Now contemplating starting a small plant business.

  87. Kenzie says

    I am very interested in Japanese maples as they are very scarce in my area and I love the look of them. I would love to win this DVD.

  88. Thomas J. Kozloski says

    I currently have a japanese maple. So, I am especially interested in learning how to graft them. Your CD would be appreciated.

    T

  89. Paula says

    Hi Mike and family. I would love to have another DVD from you. So I am tossing my hat in the ring also. One question will you be selling your backyard growers anymore, I had a accident with my woodchipper and lost 3 fingers, so haven’t worked for a few months, I hope to be back in 2 more months, Then I can save up for it again. Thanks from A long time fan. Paula

  90. Michelle says

    Love how you put everything into laymens terms it helps so much when I am teaching adults that have been out of school for 30 years or so. This will be a great teaching tool for my students!

  91. Jeff K says

    Mike, thanks for the newsletter and great information. Gardening is a passion and I enjoy growing the unique and unusual. Propagating Japanese Maples … ??? … How exciting! I have my degree in Forestry (MSU), and I perceived Japanese Maples were all grafts, but I just thought any seed produced, as with any grafted hybrid, would revert back to a root-stock variety/species … and more-or-less useless. I NEVER thought about using the root-stock seedlings as the actual root-stock to be used for the graft. I’m interested and MY HAT’S IN!!!

  92. Debbie says

    I love all of the valuable information you provide in your e-mails. Would absolutely love to get a copy of the DVD. Thanks!

  93. Rosemary Longworth says

    I would love to begin growing the Japanese maples. I’ve grown trees in the past and it’s very satisfying activity.

  94. KAREN says

    I would love to have your DVD. Please put my name in and again thank you for all you do… your are my daily inspiration Mike!

  95. Lucille Watkins says

    Mike,I love reading all of your info.I have tried to grow these that have been given to me,but for some reason the do not make it..I would love to be the winner of your DVD onthese most beautiful trees.Put my name in please and wish me good luck..Thanks from Alabama..ROLL TIDE

  96. Trucine Weige says

    I have retired from the USPS and have several acres of land and would interested in trying grafting on the maples and providing seedlings for you. Would the same techniques be used for other trees including pecans and citrus?

  97. kim says

    I have tried tried and retried to do this with the results of tossing out back. Nothing worked. Would love to win a dvd. PLEASE
    THANK YOU!!!!

  98. Laura K says

    We would love to be able to graft these beauties successfully. Our grafting experience is slowly getting more positive, but it has been a steep learning curve.

  99. susan says

    I would love to have a free dvd on the Japanese maples,please. I planted one last Spring and I don’t think it made it through the summer,I’m hoping to see a difference this spring.

  100. Beverly Gregg says

    Here’s my hat and thank you do much for all the updates and sticking around to teach us all about the most beautiful trees in the world.

  101. Marcel says

    Can the 3 ***lucky guys**** please make it a *torrent* on **piratebay** Mike’s work is too good that only 3 may watch the Master at work!!!

    P.S. Thank you Mike.

  102. Barbara Morris says

    I would love your DVD my grandson and I are seriously thinking of starting our own business selling plants you have been an inspirtation to us. Thank you for your consideration

  103. Marc says

    Are the pictures ones you have grown or pictures of trees someone else grew ? I am very suspicious of this give away deal. Why ?

  104. Burns Farm / Ed says

    I’m eager to learn how to properly graft these Japanese maple beauties so that they can be sold later to other members of this board at wholesale, have 3 acres set aside for this project. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win! We’ll turn that win into a win/win for the whole group…Thanks again

  105. Ben King says

    I would really like to learn about grafting! I am planning to start growing cuttings, etc this Spring to sell in the near future. Thanks.

  106. Stephen Bryant says

    I have tried grafting citrus unsuccessfully in the past. Maybe I can try it again with Japanese maple. Would love to learn the process. Love your videos Mike.

  107. kathy says

    thanks for this chance to win, mike! i love your emails. they really lift me up and encourage me to do more in my garden.

  108. Brandt Versteegh says

    Throwing my hat and most of my closet in if it helps … we have 3 acres now just waiting on spring planting to have a a great first year as a “Backyard Grower “! Thanks for our career changes!

  109. Susan C says

    I am excited about starting Japanese Red Maples. This DVD would be invaluable to me. Thank you for the opportunity.

  110. MICA says

    I am addicted to these beautiful trees. I would love a dvd so that I can continue to teach my daughter how to love nature and help it grow.

  111. kathy says

    Love the humor and honesty you impart when teaching us…would love to learn the grafting area of gardening…thank you…

  112. Robin Tallon says

    Mike would love to win your DVD. Japanese maples are my very passion– love them. Thanks for your web site and the great information!!

  113. Willard Bennett says

    You give a wealth of knowledge to us. I hope I could be one of the lucky one to receive a copy of the DVDs..thanks again

  114. Vikki says

    This sound great. Seems like I am in the right place at the right time…..Good luck to everyone. I would love to have one of the three copies . Thanks Mike.

  115. Randall Hopper says

    Grafting. The one seemingly mysterious skill that I’ve been afraid to try. But your instructions make everything else so simple, that I’d like to give this a try.

  116. John Lorek says

    OK, Mike, I don’t wear a hat, but I will put one on so I can say that I threw my Hat in the ring for one of those Free DVD Giveaways concerning the Grafting of Japanese Maples. Here goes…… there goes my Hat…. It is officially now in the ring.

    Really enjoy your weekly updates and E-Mails, among the other Videos, etc, etc,…..

  117. Gerry Saint Laurent says

    Mike, have seen your Japanese Maple photos and they are a beauty to behold; I have not seen any to compare with yours. Looking forward to more tips and photos on growing and propagation, all the best.
    Gerry
    PS: trowing my hat in the ring.

  118. Tami Walsh says

    Japanese Maples are my absolute favorite! I am planning on incorporating some in my landscaping projects this spring/summer. Thank you so much for showing us how to make plants a part of our financial stability in such hard times. We are actually helping ourselves AND plant Earth!

  119. Leslie Lynch says

    In my eigth decade, my backyard nursery is really slowing down. Grafting would be the icing on the cake. Thanks for all you do Mike. Regards, Gene

  120. Colin Owen says

    Wow,Please can i throw my hat into your ring and you never know might be one of the lucky one’s for a copy of the DVDs…Many thanks for all the Great info!

  121. Maria Elena Sanchez says

    Mike – What can I say? You inspire me to be a better gardener with dreams of grandeur. It would be an honor to be selected.

  122. Christine says

    I have been wanting to learn how to graft forever. I am so happy I found your expertise and very informative videos you offer your members every week. You’re the greatest Mike!

  123. Megan Goldwood says

    These are beautiful trees and it is simply amazing that you can start them from seed and graft them. I would love to try it.

  124. Christy Wrenn says

    WOW!!! There are so many people in line before me. Do I even have a chance???
    Mike, I would love to learn grafting from you.

  125. jackson stieb says

    I love your vids, and your web site! I have two Japanese Maple trees and i’m always collecting the seeds but no luck getting them to grow… but I will some day. Everytime i watch your vids I am always learning new things…. I have been searching CL for a hoe now… not in the personals but in the tool section of CL. I really did not know it was such a gret tool. I would love the grafting cd i would think it would give me some times when i graft my advocato trees but i’m really focused on the JM trees right now. Thanks Mike and team!

  126. mary chleboun says

    Please, please, please let my hat be one of the 3 chosen…. :)

    On a more serious note, I appreciate the info that you send via e-mail. I am in southeast Ohio and so I feel like you are a neighbor giving me garden advice over the backyard hedge. Thanks!

  127. COY HELMS says

    mike i cant get around like i used to im 84 this year but i do like what you send me .hopeing to get a copy
    thanks
    coy helms
    221 selma alabama

  128. Daniel Halvarson says

    Hello Mike I love the videos and advice. I am trying to get into grafting coincidentally and would love the DVD how much is the regular price going to be?

  129. Gilbert King says

    I would like to receive A DVD of how to graft my grandfather was very good at it he could graft any thing he had apple tree with 5 differnt kind of apple on it.

  130. David Powers says

    Hello Mike, enjoy your newsletters and the helpful tips you give. Disabled so limited on how much gardening I can do, but next to family, being outdoors is top of my list. Thanks

  131. Steven Brown says

    Your viedos make it possible to do my gardening, I have COPD and your easy hints make it possible, Thanks so much for your help.

  132. Jennie Howell says

    Love getting your emails and helpful hints. Would love how to graft properly. Japanese maples and apple varieties. Thank you for sharing. :)

  133. Bob B says

    Hi,
    I would like to learn grafting so I can run for congress. Please choose me for the giveaway and I will give you a big tax break when I am elected.
    PS- It’s cold here and I really need my hat so I don’t want to throw it in your ring.
    Bob

  134. Jim Barbee says

    Thanks for all the information in your newletters. I have been saving them since probably the first one. I refer to them often.

  135. Vangie Sager says

    I am in the early planning stages of setting up my acre of land into the nursery business and start gardening also and sell the veggies and fruits. Also want to learn how the proper way for grafting along with how to plant seeds to grow plants. Also wanting information on what plants seeds will produce plants. Would be wonderful to get a copy of this DVD and start learning. Thanks in advance for the possibility that I may be fortunate to receive a copy. Would make my day. Vangie

  136. Franny Rustand says

    I would love to get your DVD on grafting. I refer to your site all the time when I am working in my flower beds, trees and garden. I am going to start my air layering using the propogating black bulbs you showed on one of your videos. Next I would like to try my hand at grafting. I know your DVD would answer all my grafting questions. Thanks for all your instructional newsletter articles and videos.

  137. Donald Lee says

    I’m just starting my “savings account” and the DVD would help to make it grow even faster. Thanks for all the tips and information.

  138. Jay says

    Just collected a couple hundred seeds this Fall for the first time. I am hoping for good germination for rootstocks in a few years. Throw my name in the hopper.

  139. Pamela Branche says

    I am tossing my hat into the ring! I would love to have a copy of this DVD! Thanks so much for all the good info & advice you send us.

  140. Robert Branning says

    I would like to receive one of your DVD’s on how to graft Japanese red maples. I.m retired now and this would be agreat way for me to get started. Ad possibly make some extra income.

  141. Genie McFall says

    I enjoy your videos and emails. Thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge. I would love to win a DVD.

    Thank you.

  142. Chuck says

    I live in an agricultural area of southeast Washington state (Pasco). All of the fruit trees that are grown here are not grown on their parent root stock but some other variety of tree. I have always wondered what it would be like , if possible, to have pink ladys, scarlet, fuji, and golden delicious apples growing on one tree.

  143. Nancy says

    I have hunted for years to find trees with desired seeds, but–the only ones that I have seen, would take a trespasser (on private, fenced, land) to be able to get some seeds. Does anyone sell the seeds? These lovely little trees are great in most any landscape. Thanks for keeping us inspired, Mike.

  144. Frederick Brill says

    Mike,
    I’m a dahlia grower for the past two years. Never a gardener before, but got involved by taking an old (and now deceased friend) to his “garden club” when he had no way to get there. One of my club members told me about you and I’ve since told ten’s of people of your great plan and wonderful service you provide your customers, members and people who receive your email.

    A good example of your generosity is how you’ve linked to Amber’s blog. This is just one of many resources you’ve so generously shared with your friends and members.

    Well, I’ve got to go now to make up some Dirt Farmer’s Fudge.

    Fred

  145. Erika says

    Winning your DVD would make me and my family very excited! We all read your works on your site, and each one of us has incorporated your teachings into our own gardens. Thank you for all that you do for all of us!

  146. Joh Sykes says

    Great idea! Watching someone working on a graft is certainly much better than reading or looking at pictures of someone doing the same.
    Thanks Mike!

  147. Pat Marks says

    Hello Mike,
    Thanks for the opportunity to win your grafting DVD. I tried it once and it didn’t work. I’d really like to try again, the right way.
    Could those rooting balls that you showed us last year be used in the grafting process?

    On questionaire cards, companies always want to know what your hobby is. For years I didn’t think I had one, I just worked around the house and yard. Finally one day it hit me, I’m a gardner, a backyard one at that!

    Thanks for all your help Mike!
    Patricia Marks

  148. Patricia Sue Derr says

    I would very much enjoy the DVD. So far all you have provided has worked well for me so I believe this will also! ;o)

  149. Mick says

    Whew, look at all these people looking for a DVD. Grafting (and corruption)! Fat chance for me, but I’ll try it anyway, Thanks, Mike.

  150. June says

    I would love to know more about grafting as I live on 15 acres I would like to be able to reproduce from my Japanese Maple and other trees and bushes I have sounds like a challenge I would like to conquer

  151. Frank Porterfield says

    I would love to learn how to do this. I love you updates and how-to-videos. Thanks for sharing all of you plant knowledge.

  152. Barbara says

    I would love to get the DVD! I am planning to start growing plants for sale soon and this would really help me! Thanks!

  153. Geena says

    Mike, thanks for all the great information you give us free. I am a Master Gardener and would love to be able to donate some beautiful Japanese Maples for our annual fundraising plant sale, just need to learn how to graft them.

  154. Barbara james says

    I think its my lucky day…yes I would be thrilled to recieve on of your DVD’s. I’m so hoping this is the year I get to start your backyard growing system.

  155. Christina says

    Just got my first 2-12″ bareroot Japanese red maples, planted & watered them in 4 inch pots… But need to learn more about them

  156. Kathy says

    Thank you for all of your information. I have started Rose of Sharon cuttings and am so excited to see them this spring and how they have grown. I used your sand example to start them last summer. I look forward to all of your emails and hope to retire soon and start my own little minny nusery. Thank you!

  157. Katia says

    Avidly read all your newsletters. Have used quite a bit of the information. Thanks, keep them coming.
    Would love to win your DVD

  158. Margaret says

    Oh yes, I enjoy your emails and knowledge and I am saving all the information for when we start our business. Thanks so much.

  159. Keith says

    Mike, I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge & experience! Am currently stratifying, here in SC, seeds from the maples we transplanted to here from my sister-in-law’s in PA. They were naturally propagated on her property, so now they are “family heirlooms”…

  160. wanda hall says

    I am so appreciative for your site and found your information very helpful on many occasions. I would like to have a copy of your DVD offer. Regardless of whether I get a copy, just keep sharing your wonderful plant information as you do. Thank you.

  161. Mel Dunnagan says

    Mike,
    I bought you program a while back and have now moved to Florida from Illinois. I am excited about some warm weather, no snow and the large area to start growing plants and trees. I only have to kick myself in the backside and get going. I enjoy your articles and website, great info. Presented well and broke down to undestand.

  162. David says

    Been watching your videos for the last year. I always find something to think about or to add to the future back yard plan.

    Keep up the great work.

  163. David Thalmann says

    Mike, because of your insight, I’m thinking that new carrear in the nursery industry is a real possibility. I would live to learn more.

  164. Delia Torres says

    I thoroughly enjoy your enthusiasm in growing plants and trees and sharing your knowledge and I thank you. I also enjoy the same, but enjoying and sharing the Word of God with others gives me greater Joy. Often the two are combined without me planning it. Keep it going and may God continue to bless you.

  165. Cheryl Lee Reese says

    Would love the grafting DVD!
    Note to BEV Japanese Maples do fine in southeast Texas if planted in partial shade. (zone 9)

  166. Roseanne says

    Would love your DVD. But do they grow in Texas? Don’t want to take something I won’t use. Have a good day, the wind here is high and everyone is inside.

  167. Patricia Crouch says

    I’d love to put my hat into the ring. My dad loved gardening, but he didn’t get to do as much as he would of liked. He was a firefighter with the Dallas Fire Department for over 40 years and worked a part-time job in between to raise 5 kids. We lost him on March 31, 2008 because of a doctors error in judgement and other doctors/nurses mistakes. We are learning, but we are trying to create a lovely garden in his memory. Thank you so much for your tips and suggestions, it really helps.

  168. connie says

    I would love to win the grafting video. I have jananese maples and would like to be able to graft them. I am not good at winning anything. I would be very grateful for a cd. thank you

  169. Jonathan Fuller says

    I look forward to watching your videos. Also, your mistings demonstration video was perfect with step by step instructions!!

  170. Rick Jobst says

    Would love to see you in action ! It’s always like Christmas eve as far as excitement with you and plants ….makes my green thumb itch !

  171. Beth Dunn says

    Hi Mike! I so enjoy your site and e-mails. I am a small site landscaper and a member of our recent Master Gardener graduate waiting out winter here in northern Indiana. I would love to win your dvd to share with my fellow Master Gardeners to help earn our required ‘education hours’ while enjoying your fun and memorable teaching style! Thank You for all you do =)

  172. Caroline says