Its been a challenging and learning pecan grafting season for me. Now I realize it started last fall with a hard freeze of 29 on October 12. I lost several one and two year old grafts. Dead right to the ground and many seedlings also. This spring has been very cool, coldest since 2002. So I started grafting about two weeks later than normal. Many of the seedlings that I thought were not affected by the fall freeze, did not sprout from the top but from the ground. The trees I did graft just sat there as the temperatures were cool. Finally in early June they begin to sprout and I was feeling redeemed, however on June 10 the temperature hit 32 degrees and decimated the grafts. Only trees that were in an upper meadow survived and the ones that had not sprouted.
Today I grafted the ones that froze and checked to see if there was green buds on the ones that had not sprouted. In most cases I cut down to one bud.
The weather is now headed into the 90’s so I’ll know in a few days if the holdovers are viable, if not will graft again.
I settled this land in 1974 and planted apples, pears and cherries. Now have over 50 varieties of organic apples. I always wanted to grow pecans, but it was too cold, not enough heating degree days. Since 1974 I had a weather station and watched as the climate warmed and warmed. In 2010 I stared pecan seedlings and started grafting two years later. I’m located at 3000 feet in Northwest California. I have close to 30 Far Northern Pecan cultivars.
Had some good wood this year including some Hickory and Hican that was lost in the freeze. Good news is all the trees that froze to the ground have sprouted except for one.
Happy Solstice Pecan Lovers!