[NAFEX] grafting onto large b9 rootstock

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Wed Feb 11 23:00:54 EST 2009

In a message dated 2/11/2009 9:21:24 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
bluestem_farm at juno.com writes:

> I've done a little grafting onto B-9, and I probably had the best success 
> rates with bark grafting; I've done it with rootstocks as small as 1/4".  For 
> bark grafting your scion is still dormant, but you wait until the root has 
> just begun to grow so that the bark will slip.  There are good pictures of bark 
> grafts in many fruit books, also in The Grafter's Handbook.  It isn't quite 
> as sturdy a graft for a few years so if it grows fast you may need to stake 
> the new growth to keep it from blowing loose on a windy day.

Hi Muffy,

I agree totally. The bark graft would and does work well with persimmon as 
well as most other tree species. And yes I also wait until active growth has 
begun and the bark is well into the slip. 

The reason I suggested the splice or whip & tongue is it heals 100% around 
faster than with the bark graft. My preference is doing a splice or whip higher 
rather than a bark graft lower due to the needed additional diameter. I've 
done many more bark grafts than splice. 


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