[NAFEX] Grafting tip

Joe Hecksel jhecksel at voyager.net
Fri Aug 6 13:47:36 EDT 2004

Hello all:

Grafting and budding tip of the day:
Make sure the rootstock is well supplied with water for the first 
couple of weeks after grafting or budding.

This year has been exceptionally wet for South-Central Michigan.  My 
batting average for greentip grafting is way up over other, much drier 
years.  I even whip-and-tongue grafted a persimmon with a leaf attached 
and it looks like that rascal took!  (Note, the leaf was not hanging 
out in the breeze, it was tightly wrapped to the scion with poly film.)

I feel a little sheepish about this observation because it is likely 
I "discovered" something everybody already knew.  The reason I think 
this observation merits posting is because many of us are interested in 
minor fruits...and semi-wild trees are often convenient rootstocks for 
them.  Also, some of us find a more casual, semi-wild environment more 
enjoyable than an intensively managed nursery.   Consequently, list 
members might find themselves trying to use drought stressed rootstocks 
more often than professionals.  And most literature and research is 
aimed at professionals.
Joe Hecksel
Personal Webpage http://my.voyager.net/~jhecksel

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