[NAFEX] Bench Grafting Apples
loneroc at mwt.net
Sun Jan 4 18:19:05 EST 2004
Apples are almost exclusively propagated via dormant (scion and rootstock)
grafting. It's about the easiest grafting you can do. Use a whip and
tongue graft and store the finished tree at about 45 degrees F for several
weeks until callus forms. Then plant while still (near) dormant.
Apples can also grafted (dormant scion) on potted rootstock that has broken
bud. Or budded (grafted using a scion of a single bud) in the spring, using
dormant wood or in mid-summer, using vegetative (not spur) buds that are
waiting to begin growth the following spring. Take your pick, but bench
grafting when both are dormant is the easiest of these. Get a good grafting
knife and read if you can't find a local teacher. A good grafter can get
near 100% takes with apples. A beginner ought to be able to approach 50%
Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI USDA zone 3
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 12:19 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Bench Grafting Apples
> I have always assumed that apple grafting is done when the rootstock has
broken dormancy, and the
> scion is still dormant.
> Is (can) bench grafting be done when both scion and rootstock are dormant?
> Thomas Olenio
> Ontario, Canada
> Hardiness Zone 5b
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