My peach grafts took, but the growth mostly looks like spur-Type growth, i.e. just a clump of leaves with no length. What gives?
My Redhaven looked like that until a few days ago, then started to grow a stem. Not sure if it’s the warmer temps, the little dose of fertilizer I gave it, or just that sufficient time had elapsed. It’s the only successful peach graft under my belt, so I don’t have much to compare to.
There seems to be a differentiation now. This shoot fell apart:
Two days ago.
Others are really taking off.
Should I replace this parafilm? The callousing Split it.
Callousing isn’t pretty, but this scion has the most vigorous growth.
If the graft is going strong like that I don’t worry about the parafilm splitting. On the other hand if it is struggling I may re-wrap it.
Peaches sometimes grow for a bit, then stall and may die. This is especially common if there is competition, either from other grafts or if it is too low on the tree. This year I did most of my peaches on young seedlings so there was no competition, and none have stalled… either they made it or they did not.
I have a couple of Opal plum grafts doing that, but I think some of the lower buds were damaged by disease. I shout have used an antifungal sooner. No shoots yet, but I will try my luck with gibberellic acid treatments. I am hoping it will jumpstart the growth.
This apple scion is on the highest branch on the tree, too. It’s a Frankentree.