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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] update on grafting apples out of season
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:39:53 -0400

Update on this project. I wrapped all the twigs that I grafted with parafilm,
except the first one. That (unwrapped) on appears dried-out, and I expect it
is dead. It was one of the two grafted to a seedling crab apple.

None of the others looks obviously dead, although it is hard to tell through
the parafilm. One of them has sprouted. By way of experiment, I removed none,
some, and all of the new growth from the 3 M7 root stocks I grafted to. The
one from which I removed all new growth has sprouted its own new growth, and
also the topmost bud on the grafted stick has some leaves unfurling. I gently
picked off a couple of aphids from that leaf this afternoon.

None of the other three twigs (2 on M7, one of seedling crab) has sprouted,
nor have the buds, although one of the buds that I grafted looks like it may
be swelling.

Also, the other G11 has sprouted. I wish I had grafted to it. I assumed it
was dead, but I guess it was just still dormant. Who knew?

Ginda Fisher
eastern MA, zone 6, where the rhodies are at peak bloom, and the apples,
cherries, and cornus mas have all dropped most of their fruits, but have a
few that look nice.

On May 18, 2014, at 3:02 PM, Ginda Fisher wrote:

> Done.
> I bought 6 rootstocks for this project, 3 each of G11 and M7. I gave one
> G11 to a friend. They have all sprouted now, except for one G11, which I
> suspect to be dead. Hmm, I should probably contact the seller about that.
> I "warmed up" by grafting branches to some seedling crabs that I've let
> grow in the yard. I was happy with the mechanical contact I got between the
> cambium of the two branches. We shall see if it works.
> Then I grafted twigs to 3 of the rootstocks I bought. I grafted 3 dormant
> buds to the remaining living rootstock. It's MUCH harder to handle buds
> when you can't hold the stem of a leaf you just clipped off, but I stripped
> all the leaves immediately after cutting the wood, so it wouldn't dry out.
> Despite the difficulty, I managed a clean graft of the 3rd bud without
> touching or dropping the chip or the cut part of the stock. The first one
> was reasonably clean, too. (I had a lot of trouble with the second.)
> I wrapped the rest of the wood in some damp paper towel, and put it in a
> ziplock bag in the back of the fridge. I hope to collect fresh wood later
> in the season, to try bud grafting again, but who knows when and if we will
> get back there.
> Ginda Fisher
> eastern MA, zone 6
> On May 18, 2014, at 9:38 AM, Ginda Fisher wrote:
>> I wrote previously about how I planned to try to save my husband's uncle's
>> seedling apple via grafting. We were there yesterday. I doubt we could
>> have picked a worse day for collecting wood if we'd specifically tried. I
>> attached a small photo of the tree...
>> Meanwhile, my potted rootstocks have all (except one) sprouted and look
>> like healthy growing little plants.
>> Wish me luck,
>> Ginda
>> eastern MA, zone 6
>> <IMG_5249.jpg>
>> IMG_5249

  • [nafex] update on grafting apples out of season, Ginda Fisher, 06/08/2014

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