I thought I would start a thread where we can all log our peach grafting as we go, so we can in real time see how different timings are working out. Please include the temperature and sun forecast for the next few days when you log your grafting here, as well as how far along your leaves are on the stocks, and anything else you feel is important to mention.
One thing different I am going to do this year is measure field temperatures with a laser thermometer. I expect the sun is a huge factor in warming up grafts and may make it possible to graft in temps quite a bit cooler.
I have a first report sort-of to start things off… I had about 50 peach seedlings I dug up and rather than throw them out I did a few bench grafts (just standard wedge grafts). I put the stocks in a bucket of dirt and covered with a bag to keep moist, then I put in the basement at around 70F, which is about the ideal callous temp for peaches. Two weeks later I moved them to the greenhouse, first in indirect light with the bag, and then slowly removing bag and moving to direct light. I did 4 grafts and it looks like they may all make it. Here is a picture as of yesterday.
There are two pushing leaves, the other two had only backup buds on the scions (I picked the worst wood for this experiment) and those take much longer to get going but I see signs of movement on them.
I am going to plant them out soon, once it looks like they won’t get zapped.
Overall I think this is a strong positive on how 70F works very well for peaches, I had perfect 70F for two weeks here. I did some peach bench grafts a long time ago and did not keep them at such a warm temp and most of those failed.
We are expecting warmer weather later this week and I may be able to start on outside grafting. I’m not sure the trees will be far enough along though, I don’t see any leaves yet on the peaches. Its a very odd year.