What are some of the things that you like doing with the grafted rootstocks that didn’t take?
I choose the most vigorous shoot and let it grow out so I can graft it again next year or the year after. I had hoped to bud graft a few of the failures but never received bud wood from Geneva.
I was planning to bud graft…but most of the root that didn’t take have died…due to plucking off the rootstock growth prior to giving up on the graft.
I’d done the same thing with the rootstocks growth so many of them are now dead. I planted out 8 of the rootstocks that I’d kept in a bucket of water yesterday and I snipped off the failed grafts in hope of getting to use the rootstocks for grafting maybe next year.
Ha! Just got a UPS shipping notice, bud wood is on its way from Geneva!
That’s great. I was super excited when I got my notification via email about my scion wood being set snail mail. Is August a good time to being doing bud wood grafting?
Is chip budding your most effective type of grafting?
I had great results grafting apples in Aug (see the 2018 grafting thread). I was placing 2 buds on each rootstock because I have little to no experience with chip bud grafting. It appears they’re taking well and a few have even begun to put on new growth which I wasn’t expecting to see until next spring.
What did you order from Geneva?
A lot of the apple bud wood I ordered from Geneva wasn’t necessarily what I might have ordered given my current mind-set, but I was looking to replace things I had grafted in the past and have lost due to deer damage, or whatever.
Here’s what I ordered: Baldwin, Black Gilliflower, Calville Blanc, Chenango Strawberry, Elstar, Empire, Enterprise, Giant Crab, Golden Russet, Golden Winesap, Haralson, Hyslop Crab, Kinsei, Maiden Blush, Nova Spy, Prairie Spy, Smokehouse, Stayman, Red Westfield Seek-No-Futher, Redfree, Spartan, Splendor, Wealthy, Winter Banana and Yellow Transparent. I guess looking at the list there’s not much I wouldn’t want growing in my orchard. A few of these are new to me.
The 10 trees I got from you are doing really well, producing some nice scaffolds. They’re in the nursery bed with my spring grafts. I’m hoping to begin planting them all out in an orchard next spring.
Nice selections! I grow many of them. Golden Winesap sounds interesting. I have bench grated thousands of trees but, am still learning how to bud graft effectively.
I remember someone saying the summer bud wood from the USDA is actually dormant wood collected in the winter. Is that true? I’m also curious if they are shipped with dry ice in the summer?
They were definitely freshly cut with the leaves removed and petiole still on the stick. Really nice, as usual for USDA stuff. They sent 3 sticks of each variety and they were just in a heavy plastic bag and sent UPS priority ground. Of course I’m only about 2 hours away from Geneva. I think deadline for bud wood was early July, and they mailed them early August. I still have some in the grafting fridge in nice condition, I hope to do some more on some wild rootstock I previously grafted unsuccessfully.
That’s definitely great news, glad to read that your attempts at chip bud grafting is showing such incredible results. I only started grafting ( cleft ) on G890 and M7 rootstocks this past spring with about 35 of the 85 I did that actually took. I’m growing out the failures that maybe I can chip bud them next summer.
I’ve watched several times on YouTube how the chipbud graft is done and it’s mostly about the impact of matching cambium to cambium with a tiny bit of the ( petiole ) part of the host cultivar. I really need to give it a try next year on the leftover rootstocks I’m growing out now.
Finally did some of my first of the year grafting. 22 down possibly 68 more to go. These scions are on M106
July Sweet is one I grafted last year. Looking to see how it turns out. Been trying to find a striped sweet apple from childhood…but just guessing until I have a “match”.
I’m not all that familiar with the July Sweet, what knowledge do you have on it? I know, I grafted it lol…
Big Horse Creek Farms has a description…maybe as good as anyone’s.
I recall a sweet apple, that was ripe in July and had a greenish background with red striping…and it would not cook up when heated…slices stayed whole in preserves. I actually don’t recall if it was good fresh.
I’ve been trying to figure out what that apple from 55-60 years ago might have been…I know 45 years ago it was dead.
Anyhow, I’ve got "July Sweet, July Stripe, Striped June, Gilmore’s Sweeting, June Sweet, Red Indian Sweet, Striped Sweet, ….and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one or more are the same apple with a different name. But, until they fruit, I won’t know if any one of them is the apple at my grandfather’s back in early 1960’s. (I got to eat the Hawkeye Delicious right from the tree around 1959…as I recall better than any red delicious I’ve eaten since, so someone sent me a scion and I grafted that one this year.)
Today I tried to cleft graft onto some branches that popped out of my parent’s crabapple after it was mostly cut down last year. 2 Zestar! and 2 Fuji I got from a forum member, plus one stick of a Hoople’s that’s already starting to swell (I clipped it from the tree in my back yard today). I covered up the new wounds with tanglefoot and then wrapped with parafilm. If nothing takes I’ll just cut the stump to the ground in the fall.
I’ll head on over to there web page and get a better idea of the July Sweet’s unique aspects. Thanks.