[nafex] Re: grafting apricot

Christopher Mauchline mauch1 at aol.com
Tue May 15 10:27:43 EDT 2001

    I think that summer budding is used by most of the professionals.

    Dormant budwood is easier to distribute than summer budwood.

    You can also spring bud (supposedly) if you time it right.

As I have noted in prior messages, I am budding challenged (I have 
never successfully T- or Chip-budded).  I've been so unsuccessful, 
I've gotten gun-shy about doing and would rather whip&tongue if at 
all possible.  (Of course when you have have a hammer, every problem 
looks like a nail...)

I have successfully whip&tongued plum, apricot, and cherry.  I'm 
attempting peach this year as well.  I've also grafted one persimmon 
this way and am attempting 4 more.

My method I believe originally came from Lon Rombough.

First, wait until your rootstock is breaking bud to initial leaf 
out.  (I have mainly grafted to already planted stock - not bench 
grafted).  Take your dormant scion wood, and graft it to your 
rootstock.  Then take a clear plastic bag (or bread wrapper) and 
either fill it with a 10% bleach soln and dump it out OR (what I do) 
blow into the bag a few times to increase the humidity inside the 
bag.  Cover the scion and graft with the bag and tie it shut.  Then 
take a paper bag (either a lunch bag or similarly sized bag), cut the 
corners out and cover the plastic bag and tie it shut.  Watch for 
growth of the scion.  When the growth looks reasonably vigorous, find 
a series of cloudy days (or as close as you can get), and gradually 
remove the bags from the scionwood.

Good luck!
Chris Mauchline
SE PA, zone 6

--- In nafex at y..., natvwine at c... wrote:
> This year and last I obtained apricot and plum scions from 
> various sources. Didn't have much luck with whip type grafting. If 
> summer budding for these fruits is recomended then why are 
> dormant scions so available?
> I must be missing something.
> Bob


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