Monday, March 04, 2013
After taking the Home Orchard Society grafting class, I was anxious to try. These are the attempts. This is a russeted Asian pear, Chojuro. I've grafted a nonrusseted variety, unsure cultivar. Purpose is for pollination. Mostly I think it's just cool. This is the nonrusseted Asian pear. Unknown variety, had one pear last year. Grafted another unknown onto it from my home tree, plus 2 Euro pears, Orcas Island and Rescue. I tried to graft near the trunk. Not the best grafts I've seen. We did bench grafting in the class. Learned whip and tongue graft, which took more finesse than I have on the bench. On the tree it would likely have meant a blood sacrifice to the tree god. So I tried the less hazardous but possibly less successful cleft grafting. No loss if they don't take. Pears have a reputation for easy grafting, so maybe.