[NAFEX] secular graft questions, timing
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 5 23:12:59 EDT 2009
I've been delighted & humbled by these strings on faith, luck, science, & pure stubborness. Good luck to everyone! Have a great '09!
How does a northern (secular, non moon-watching) grower schedule spring work? When the ground thaws enough to get a shovel in the ground, I transplant. Repeat per species as budswell occurs, and quit when leaf expansions start. Next, try to get ahead of the weeds (Ha!). Next, May is getting warm and possibly June is here, so better get the grafting done. Apples & pears, because most of the stone fruits don't work here. By mid-June I'm doing only early AM prowls for weeds, because it's too hot to be out in midday.
Timing of grafting: I've had best success w/ scion collected during winter, and stored in plastic bags in the refrig. Grafts done in May & first week of June (cut off new green growth and graft into wood) work well. I wish I had the resourses to test the comparison Alan suggests in his Q#2
As per the humiliation scenario, I think one of the ways to get others interested in hort experimentation is to have something obviously odd which they can ask questions about. If you can answer concisely & w/ humor, you'll get them more interested.
tc, sWI, also wondering where the blizzard went
> Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 06:27:25 -0400
> From: alandhaigh
> To: nafex
> Subject: [NAFEX] secular graft questions
>... I know people who successfully graft on the same day they collect scion-wood from and to trees already showing tip growth. I even have an old Gene Logsdon book that recommends grafting this way and I assume that in warm climates this was done for centuries before the advent of refrigeration. Question 2. Has anyone evaluated the relative success of this kind of grafting?
> As far as my poor success grafting prunus, mainly Euro plums, I plan to use parafilm this year and wait until a warm period of weather is predicted because of tips I've received here. Last year I tried tying white plastic shopping bags over plum grafts and not a single one took. Total humiliation (if one can be self humiliated).
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