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Late season dormant scionwood grafting

Posted by Jason MacArthur 
Late season dormant scionwood grafting
June 16, 2019 03:41PM
I just found some scionwood in my refrigerator which I had somehow missed during grafting season. Here at our orchard the trees are just finishing full bloom, and I'm wondering how late grafting with dormant scionwood can be done- does anyone have any experience working this late into the season?
Re: Late season dormant scionwood grafting
June 16, 2019 08:43PM
I've never grafted this time of year, but I would try side veneer grafting them rather than whip and tongue. JMHO

Pat

Brampton Lake Orchards

Zone 4a Upper Michigan
Re: Late season dormant scionwood grafting
June 17, 2019 05:10AM
I finished up grafting a row in the nursery about two weeks ago when a class was here at the farm. Those buds now showing green. The cost of late grafting is limited growth in year one but I think juicy scionwood will readily take. It helps that things remains relatively cool.

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire
Re: Late season dormant scionwood grafting
June 17, 2019 10:26AM
Jason MacArthur Wrote:
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> I just found some scionwood in my refrigerator
> which I had somehow missed during grafting season.
> Here at our orchard the trees are just finishing
> full bloom, and I'm wondering how late grafting
> with dormant scionwood can be done- does anyone
> have any experience working this late into the
> season?

I have successfully grafted later than that. In fact, I generally keep some wood into July, so I can replace a failed graft (yes, it sometimes happens). However, later grafts usually will not get as much growth on the first year, but it is better than waiting another year before making the graft.
Claude

Jolicoeur Orchard
Zone 4 in Quebec
Re: Late season dormant scionwood grafting
April 28, 2020 01:39PM
I don't know if its worth opening this thread again but here we are at grafting season again.
The general rule of thumb with dormant grafting would say that its not so important how late in the growth the rootstock. In fact if your your doing a graft that requires slipping of the bark then you'll have to wait at least that long, like bloom or later.
Scionwood however should always be as close as possible to completely dormant. That's not always possible I realize. I myself have opened up a bag of wood in May to find buds starting to push. Its worth going ahead with this wood in my opinion but percentage of takes will suffer. I now have a small fridge in the barn that is dedicated to scionwood so I can keep the temp just above freezing. I found that keeping wood in the home fridge to be problematic.

Leslie Price
Jones Creek Farms
skagitvalleyfruit.com
Lyman, WA
zone 8a
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