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  • From: Peter Chrisbacher <>
  • To:, Jerry Lehman <>, nafex mailing list at ibiblio <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Plum Grafting / Budding
  • Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:36:14 -0400

Thank you both, gentlemen, for your helpful advice! I've heard anecdotally
that grafting plums is possible (and one of the guys at the BYFG grafting
meeting told me "ALL my plum grafts took last year! I just did normal
grafts!" without providing any helpful details).

I grafted three last night (splice) on actively growing 1 YO in-ground
rootstock with dime-size leaves. Most of the leaves were high up the
leader, so they ended up getting cut off. I'm assuming (hoping) the roots
will just continue pushing into the scion now if my grafts are any good. I
wrapped tightly but not excessively with a budding rubber, then parafilm,
including a single-wrap covering of the lowest scion bud to keep it from
drying out (2 buds on each scion). Tree-cote to seal the exposed scion cut.

Tonight when I get home I'll add some foil.

Scions will be kept refrigerated for later budding just in case.

Thanks again for your advice

Wilmington, DE

Pete Chrisbacher

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 11:55 PM, fuwa fuwa usagi <> wrote:

> If it matters, I second Jerry's comments. At one time I grafted a lot of
> plums and found that grafting later makes a large difference.
> Interestingly, my experience with cherries is the opposite. With them the
> earlier the better, just use parafilm or melted wax.
> fluffy
> --- wrote:
> From: Jerry Lehman <>
> To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <
> Subject: Re: [nafex] Plum Grafting / Budding
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:03:53 -0400
> On 3/22/2016 10:34 AM, Peter Chrisbacher wrote:
> > Does anyone have any*tricks* for successfully grafting Plum on an
> > established seedling? Whip? Splice? Tight or loose binding? I plan to bud
> > as well as a safety net.
> Pete,
> My suggestion is wait until active growth has begun and the bark is in
> the slip. I would use a splice, whip and tongue or machine graft. Wrap
> it tight and cover it with Parafilm. I would also place foil on the
> south leaving it open to the north to shad it from the sun to keep it
> cool. It works I've grafted several plums.
> Jerry
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