[NAFEX] Any opinions on my grafting problem?

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed May 4 00:02:46 EDT 2005

I've always had the best results with peaches and plums when I potted 
the rootstock and held it in the greenhouse.  When it had leafed out 
and was growing, I cut it off and bark grafted the scions (cut them to 
a wedge and the bottom and pushed that under the bark).  That method 
gave essentially 100% success where whip and tongue was nearly a flop.
I recently used the bark graft to topwork a large apple tree and all 
six grafts have begun to grow.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On May 3, 2005, at 8:53 PM, John Smith wrote:

This year I moved several hundred miles and brought
along several pear, apple, and peach seedlings and
dwarfing rootstocks I had growing in my garden and
stored in a cooler bare-root over the past winter.
This spring, I pulled them out for a couple days,
placing them in a box of moist vermiculite until they
began to break dormancy.  I grafted about 10 of each
fruit type, mostly using a cleft graft,
whip-and-tongue on a few.  A few scions I placed in a
glass of water while preparing the rootstock, mostly I
just worked quick so the scion wouldn't dry out.  Used
a cloth grafting tape, wrapped very tightly, since
scionwood was thinner than the rootstock in every
case, just matched up the cambium on one side.  I
coated the graft site and the scion (except buds) with
wax from a toilet bowl gasket.  I then carefully
buried the whole thing in the mosit vermiculite and
held at about 70 degrees for 2 weeks, then planted in
my new garden.  After a few weeks, it looks like 100%
of the pears have taken, some have a couple inches
growth already.  Looks like about 90% on the apples,
and 0% on the peaches. I know peaches are supposed to
be more difficult, anyone have any ideas on what i
could do differently next time?  Looks like I may need
to stick to summer budding on those, but it's harder
to get good fresh bud wood at that time...
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