Hi, im new to grafting. And am looking for some advice on a some grafts that are probably unlikely to take…
I moved out of my old home last fall and grabbed a branch of a super old tree that i love. Branch is 1 to 3 yr wood. Stuck it in the ground in zone 5 at a relatives house in late nov (was super busy moving around then). Thought it was a lost cause… But i got wind in early April that bud broke!, and it was then a race against the clock. I didnt have much scion to work with, and it wasnt consistently warm yet, so i settled on chip bud grafting. Planted 1 potted, well feathered 6ft tall pink lady apple tree to nurse bud grafts and 4 M111 rootstock. And 1 week after, on Easter, i grafted 16 bud grafts. 2 on each rootstock and 8 scattered across the pink lady (yikes!). None of the buds were swollen anymore as the swollen ones had leafed out with residual energy and wilted while i was away and the remaining buds never swelled. The cambium on half of the buds i used was bright green right off the branch (the rest were green with a hint of brown, and had been refirgerated on a bud stick in a moist paper towel for 1 week). I chip grafted, used a little electrical tape to secure the chip, then double layered paraffin tape. The first week was warm and sunny, which was then followed by a week of cloudcover and rain. This ll be week 3 and is forcasted to alternate between rain and sun. So far the nurse pink lady and the 4 rootstocks are all pushing new growth from their preexisting buds. And family has helped me water all 5 trees. cant tell whats going on with the bud grafts.
My question is: should i remove the paraffin and replace with lighter buddy tape, wrapped only once over the bud instead of the 2x i did with paraffin? Just in case the buds swell? Or should I just leave it all be? By the time i can next touch the grafts, it will have been 3 weeks since grafting. Im guessing i should aim for it to callous and heal and not encourage it to break bud or push until next spring, should it last until then…?
I know the conditions were seriously lacking. I was so sad about losing the mother tree, that i just thought it was a lost cause… It might still be, but nature gave me a second chance! And id like to make the most informed decisions i can from here. Hence seeking the advice of the experienced folks on this forum! Also open to a reality check