|Materials for grafting. 3.14.15|
|First cut, with pruners, to approximate size. 3.14.15|
This scion came from an aged apple tree that hangs over my back fence. I do not know the variety. It must be 55 years old - it looks it. Maybe older. The tree gets no pruning, no spray, and no thinning. As a result, the apples are lumpy and small and wormy. The few that escape that fate are tasty. It may be a while before the Fedco scion arrives - if ever. I have one M27 - minidwarf - rootstock left over from last year, so decided to construct a new little tree, from scion, taken from a branch, from that apple tree. Once in my hands, it will be pruned, and apples will be pampered, so maybe will be bigger, and not lumpy or wormy. That is the plan.
This time, instead of polyethylene strips, I used parafilm. It's easy to buy through Amazon. I don't know that parafilm is any better than polyethylene. If no strips are available, it's easy to cut strips from plastic food bags, which is free and recycled and easy.
Parafilm does make a good air-tight-looking seal. I don't know if it stretches quite as tight. Maybe.
The rootstock was larger diameter than the scion. As long as the cambium matches on one side, the graft should take, and fill in the other side. Apple grafts are pretty forgiving.
|Second cut, with knife, for whip matching. 3.14.15|
|Cutting the tongue. 3.14.15|
|Fitting the graft together. 3.14.15|
I tightened the parafilm so the bent cut edges matched. I did not draw out a long tail on the ends this time. Last year when I did that, they curled away from the graft and needed to be cut off. The church window that remains will fill in, on its own.
|On one side due to size mis-match. 3.14.15|
It's OK if it doesn't take. Prior experience tells me it might.
Meanwhile, the whip-and-tongue grafts I did on one-year-old columnar trees a couple of weeks ago, have swelling terminal buds. That's better than dead terminal buds. If they take, the bottom branches will have red apples, the next ones up will have yellow apples. If next year is good, a third tier of another red could be added. That would make for a couple of unusual trees.
|Wrapped with parafilm. 3.14.15|