A combination of terrible spring weather, deer predation, and various disease/insect outbreaks left me with a shortage of good size first year bud wood to harvest from many of my plum trees. Along with that I had many trees lacking large enough first year wood in good locations suitable to graft the buds onto. I wanted to multigraft my plum trees to fruit salad trees to aid with pollination next year. This years spring weather resulted in a very low rate of pollination of my Japanese/hybrid and even European plum trees.
As a result I ended up testing a few new methods I’d never attempted with August budding before. I have an aprox 17 year old Redheart Plum I wanted to graft Shiro budwood onto down lower than where any 1 YO wood was present (deer stripped lower branches). I wanted to graft onto a lower scaffold that was probably at least a dozen YO and at least 2 inches in diameter.
I found this technique online:
I did a few bud grafts a couple of weeks ago using the above method and I believe the grafts took as the petioles dropped. Is this method used by others with success on fruit trees regularly? I have never heard of this method before a recent search turned it up.
I also tried a method I’d never heard of before that just came to me. I only had very small Satsuma budwood and no 1 YO branches in locations I wanted graft onto a Nadia tree. So I thought I’d try grafting (chip budding) onto 2 YO wood. The tiny 1 YO scion branch was drastically smaller than the 2 (or possibly 3 YO) scaffold. I tried to cut a small section off the receiving Nadia to fit a small donor bud of Satsuma, but the size was terribly mismatched. Then I thought, what if I cut another chip out and placed both side by side in the single wound I’d cut on the receiving end. This actually seemed to match up with the size of the larger Nadia branch quite well, so I fastened both chips together side by side in the single slot I’d cut with parafilm. I know this is rather unconventional, but I think this graft actually worked.I was quite surprised to find that both of the buds in the single slot both dropped their petioles. Have others tried this strange method of tandem budding for drastically mismatched branch/bud sizes?
Thankfully, I believe a fairly high percentage of my other more normal chip budding and inverted t-budding attempts appear successful as well this month. I guess I’ll need to keep my fingers crossed for a while yet to find out if they all actually grow out in the spring.
Has anyone else tried some alternate methods out of the norm that seem to have proved fruitful?