Today I unwrapped most of my chip bud grafts I did about 3 weeks ago. This is the very first time I ever tried chip budding…and to my great thrill, I had several takes. Some look sketchy because they didn’t heal in all the way around…there were spots on the edge of some chips that didn’t grow into the cambium of the root stock and had curled away. But enough had healed in that it was clear the buds were alive. In the long run I hope these are ok.
But I hope you all can explain something to me. Why does everything I read say chip budding and t-budding should be done in the fall. I don’t understand that. It seems like as long as the trees are growing, this process would work almost any time. Why is it considered a fall thing? Thanks