The first recommendation for spring budding is to insert the scion bud just as the rootstock starts to grow in the spring. Hopefully, it’s still not too late for you. The second recommendation is to cut back the rootstock above the bud two weeks later.
You will not necessarily see bud growth until you push it by cutting the rootstock above the bud. Therefore, it’s usually done two weeks after the insertion; this is enough time for the bud to heal. Healed bud is plump and green; dead bud that didn’t take is dark and wrinkled.
Hi Fran. I’m wanting to do exactly what you proposed (graft a bud from dorman scionwood I have in fridge onto a tree that is just now waking up), I’ve very curious to hear if you ended up trying it last year, and if so how did it work out? Any advice? Thanks.
At the end of the “2018 Grafting Thread” I posted some pictures of late summer bud grafts. Those photo’s show the callus formation on grafts that took and a couple that had sprouted as well. It will give you an idea of what a successful dormant bud and growing bud look like. I think it was post 372 on that thread.
I read this thread and found some problems with bud grafting.
Don’t trim the top too early because the grafted buds need the heads to pull up the nutrition. If you want to encourage the buds to sprout, you can make a cut above the buds. You can tie the shouts to the branches after the buds grow.
What do you mean by “tape”? I personally wrap the bud itself with one layer of stretched parafilm to help prevent it from drying out, and if I’m not mistaken the same thing is shown on @Jsacadura fig budding videos, however some people do not.