While kneeling and cheering on the growth of two apple grafts made this season, (done daily this past week - blush, blush) I wondered why one of the plum root stocks had so few leaves.
Lo & behold, a dormant chip bud graft done 2 months ago already had six leaves filled out - & obviously not the same leaves as from the stock. I got two roots of Marianna 2624 from Raintree this year & wanted to try making my own plum tree. Putting chip buds on them, I also tried whip & tongue on top. My thought was if the top failed, I could cut to the bud graft if it had callused well.
Clearly, the first attempt at dormant bud grafts worked better than expected.
I am so stoked about trying Mt. Royal plum, a natural semi-dwarf on semi-dwarf root. Won’t need much pruning. I will be certain to keep the area to the drip line well mulched to reduce any stress from encroaching turf. That is what I learned in losing North Star sour cherry last year.
If the sale tree of Ersinger plum can survive (way older maiden than expected; planted this June & cut back so roots can support green growth) I may have great crops for fresh eating, jam & maybe plum wine in alternate years.
BTW, the successful apple grafts are, in order of appearance: Maiden Blush, Mere Pippin ( a roadside discovery from Wiltshire, UK by none other than Nigel Deacon, 2007, & obtained from Skillcult via his seed, pollen & scion sale last February) & Twenty Ounce.
(Yes, I got so excited about the possibility of growing Twenty Ounce while in denial about Honeycrisp, I got a scion of it. The Honeycrisp is cut down. Its Geneva 11 root got so little advantage from it in three growing seasons - & a half dozen fruits the past two - that the stock has only a tiny tuft of leaves. If they develop a shoot I may graft to it next year. If not, out it goes.)