I am very anxious to see answers to your question, since I’m in exactly the same position. I grafted 8 volunteer peaches this year with an unknown tree that was on my property when I bought it and which I am madly in love with but it is quickly dying of old age. Like you, I’ve had absolutely zero success grafting peaches in the past, so I’ll be lucky if I get a single take. My volunteers are all under existing peach trees, which I read can be a good thing since it provides some shade/sun protection for the newly grafted trees. But I am really struggling on the issue of what to do if one of my grafts DO work. My seedlings were only about 2 foot tall from last years growth and I cut them off at about 3-4 inches this year to do my grafts. If any take, it seems like I should move them now before the roots get too big and set in place, but it also feels like if I move them now it would be adding to the stress on the new grafts before they are ready. ???
@alan I am sorry I missed your question when you posted it and just noticed it today, but I am very glad I did! My Ozark Premier is just on its third leaf and the first time it bloomed so I have never got any fruit. I, too, thought it was strange that it bloom so much earlier than my other Asian plums, and now with you telling me it isn’t known for that I am even more suspicious that I have a mislabeled tree. However, I have one big problem with that theory. I have planted a small, 12 tree orchard in a local city park, and there is an Ozark premier there too. Well, I bought it at a completely different store on a different year, and it blooms at exactly the same time as the one at my house. It is on 4th leaf but they got froze last year. I think I lost all the fruit on them both this year as well due to the early bloom…but there are still a few little stems with dead flowers hanging on and they could have a live, viable, tiny fruitlet inside…fingers crossed. I don’t want to try and pull the dead bloom off before shuck split or even try to peak inside for fear I’ll knock it off.
One other point…both of these trees certainly have the same look as all my plum trees. I have several apricot trees and I’m sure my Ozark premier is not an apricot. I’m not wise enough to look at a tree without fruit and say what KIND of plum it is, but I’m quite sure it is a plum tree (I suppose most pluots look the same though). Anyway, none of this helps confirm or deny much of anything. But I really appreciate you putting me on alert that I may have another surprise on my hands (or 2 including the one at City Park). I’ll keep you posted.