A lot of questions have been coming up about how to graft, and all things associated with it. And I made the comment that there were useful discussions in this forum that could be found with a search. Here are a few I initiated in the past. In each case the goal was to provide a place for others to comment, dispute, correct, and add. In looking them over someone might find something useful:
I thought it might work to start a series of post along the lines of “Basic Tips for New Grafters”. The idea is that one of us will enter a tip with details, and others will chime in with their own thoughts, disagreements, and refinements. I’ll lead off with a few words about, you guessed it, “Gathering and Storing Scions”. Anybody can chime in, ask questions, raise objections, and so on. And anybody can start the next “Basic Tip.” It would be a lot of fun if somebody did.
So here we go!
I’m really hoping that others here will tear into this stuff and fix it fill it out as they see the need. Please do! Please!!
When I started grafting I didn’t know the difference between grafts, so I thought it might be useful to lay out a few points.
A lot of people graft in the spring as the destination tree is getting ready to take off. Typically grafters like to wait until the tree has small leaves on it, and the grafts generally used are splice (also known as whip), or cleft, or a splice …
My first graft was a cleft. I didn’t know there was any other kind. As I read up and picked brains on the old Garden Web board I started to figure it out. I was feeling my way in the dark and am still sorting things out, but here’s what has worked for me.
First off, the method of grafting has to be appropriate to the job. For example, you’re not going to walk up to a gnarly old apple trunk and slip a little bud under the corky bark and expect it to find its way out. But if you cut the trunk acr…
This section could almost be called “Pomes, And Everything Else And Don’t Forget Persimmons And Nuts”
My experience indicates that the these species work with the indicated grafts:
Pomes and plums: Almost any graft.
Everything else: Nothing. Well, that’s just me. Other people happily graft all those stone fruit, persimmons, hickories, and so on but aside from apricots I’ve had no experience with them, and the 'cots have been a failure (probably temperature related).
So I really wish somebod…
These are the four points of balance that make grafts fail: too wet, too dry, too warm, too cool.
Grafting takes three steps, callous on the scion, callous on the host, and then the callous fusing. The balance is different for every life, but for healing to take place, it needs to be warm enough to callous but not warm enough to dry the scion or flood the graft (certain trees), moist enough to sustain the scion but not wet enough to mold or rot.
Grafts fail when callous does not form or the ca…
lots of excellent posts that aren’t included in this list, but some of the discussions in these post link to them.
The whole point of those posts was to get the discussion going, and if you go to them and care to start making comments and corrections, that’s the whole point. Go for it.