2019 Grafting Thread

I’m doing best with peaches so far. Unfortunately, that’s not good news :frowning: I bought a lot of wood this year from California, and most of it was a waste of money because it wasn’t dormant enough. The peaches weren’t wood I bought.

I’m so bummed! But I tried simple things like one plum variety on various trees and couldn’t get one good take? The buds push through the parafilm and later dry up. I just can’t believe I placed such a large order, smh.

Maybe it’s not as bad as it looks. Most still have a bud that is still under parafilm. I like to use 3 buds on a scion so there are backups. Crossing my fingers!

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Hi I’m new to this forum I just planted some fruit trees not too long ago and I would like to graft different varieties. When is the best time to get cuttings? And when is the best time to do grafting in to some of the fruit trees. So far I planted apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, pomegranates and a persimmon tree. Thanks in advance

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You can do grafting in three seasons: spring, summer, and fall. You collect scions from the dormant trees. My experience is as late as they start breaking dormancy. The fresher the scions are, the easier they will take. You can do branch grafting and budding.
In summer, you can also do greenwood branch grafting if you can protect from the sun and keep the scions in moisture. Mostly I do budding in summer. I collect the hardened greenwood as the scions. I saw some people tried with new shoots.
In the fall, budding only by using hardened greenwood scions.

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Thanks for the info @Sophia2017!!! One more question, Where can I get some cuttings from? Do people sell them? Give them a way ? How does that work and where to find them? Thanks

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If you know your neighbors or friends who plant some fruit trees, you can collect scions from them. After you know how to graft, you can buy or swap scions.
Fruitwoodnursery is a really good nursery where you buy scions, cuttings, and rootstocks.
If you be a member in this website for more than one year, you can find Trading posts. Where you can swap scions with members.

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There is also our reference page here with many places that sell wood … for next year, too late this year.

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Thank you for the info Scott

Ruben ,
On the top right corner of the page, you will see a looking glass symbol. That is the forum’s search engine.

Click on the symbol, a dialob box will show up. Type in whatever topic you want to know such as “grafting”, old threads about grafting will show up for you to read.

Looking up old threads are very useful and time saving. If you can’t find info through the search engine, then you can create a new thread.

For new members, your questions usually have been asked many times in the past. You just need to know how to find those answers.


Thanks for the tip Sophia! Unfortunately none of my neighbors grow fruit tree, most everybody in town only grow trees, shrubs, bushes just for the looks to enhance their property. Just a few people like to grow some vegetables through out the summer but that’s all. That’s why I got thinking to ask around here! Probably some one would point me on the right direction!

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You can check the Scion Exchane category, the symbol of three short line near the looking glass symbol.

Click on those three line, list of categories will show up. Pick Scion Exchane and see if anyone want o give away scionwood. You can post and ask for scion. Keep in mind, this is quite late in the game to ask for scion for spring grafting. You should read up on chip budding and T budding.

Thanks so much for the tip @mamuang , I know it’s a little to late to look for scion wood. I just received some persimmon cuttings to graft in to my persimmon tree.

R4T3 jujube

Sherwood jujube

Chico jujube

Winter Delight jujube

Illinois Everbearing mulberry

Wellington mulberry

Silk Hope mulberry


How long did it take your jujubes to show growth?

Most of these were grafted the end of May. Probably a couple of weeks for these to green up. It’s been really slow and for us our weather has been cold. My last juju graft date is 4/4 and some of those are already growing. I have some that haven’t grown and I think I am about to regraft them. These four have just now started having growth that looks like a for sure take. Some of my earliest to show growth are still just barely growing but all those are very small scion on very small rootstock.


When “top working” an Apple tree, is there typically a better success rate with bud grafts? I have a 2 yr old tree with 3 main branches. I cut off 2 and whip/tongue grafted different variety scions. No go on either so far… Perhaps I just didn’t do a very good job of it… But 20+ w&t grafts onto new rootstock, I’m 90%+ with.

If these had been bud grafts, I’d have let the bud heal over and cut off the branch past it next year, right? Which would have caused that bud to push, effectively replacing that limb.


Adara plum on cherry


Magness pear working its way through. Grafted to Harrow Sweet.


My first ever graft… Sam Cherry onto my Rainier.


I’ll be supporting some of my grafts now. I’ll need to re-graft Santa Rosa after the growth was a bit too vigorous for the scion to support.

On a positive note, though, my McKibbon graft looks to have healed nicely. I’ll need to re-graft the Dot Piazza.


Is the McKibbon a Plum variety?bb