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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Bud Grafting Timing
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 16:23:30 -0500

At 10:03 AM 07/29/2000 -0700, Derry wrote:
>One important think to pay attention to is whether the terminal bud has set.
>Lon refers to this when he says 'as long as the plant is still active'.
>Look at the rootstock or branch into which you are going to bud and see if
>is a 'terminal bud' at the end of the branch or rootstock. If there is a
>bud, you are lowering your chances of success because the plant is not

One of the things I was taught to do as part of the routine when
bud-grafting nut trees in July-Sept is to 'top' the stock 12-18 inches
above where you've done your graft, or at least remove the terminal
bud. This will remove the inhibitory effect exerted by the terminal bud.
Never really gave it much thought when doing the few
apples/pears/mulberries I've budded in the past.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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