|Fedco Scion Wood. 3.21.15|
|Jonared Apple with 5 other varieties now grafted. 3.21.15|
Most of the scion looked good to me. One - South Dakota - looked dead and a little mildewed, so I did not try. One was a hybrid of McIntosh, which I did not want, so I did not try that one either. Thought went into each choice. No reason to grow one that I didn't choose, no idea about disease resistance, flavor, or other characteristics.
Jonared now has grafts of 5 varieties - Priscilla, Granite Beauty, Keepsake, Redfield, Porter.
The unknown plum now has grafts of Ember, La Crescent, and Hanska. There are 2 each of La Crescent and Hanska, making 2 4-inch scion from each 8-inch. That plum already has grafts from Hollywood, Shiro, apricot seedling, and possibly, Toka.
I also used left over 4-inch scion from the grafts made earlier from Ember and the Redfield apple.
Some sources list Hanska as a Plumcot. Makes sense given its ancestry. It might be a better choice than California - bred Pluots, which are also plum / apricot hybrids.
My prior listing and description of these apples and plums is here.
This time I did the initial wrap with polyethylene tape. Then I thought, maybe that doesn't seal well enough, so over-wrapped with parafilm.
I also discovered that I can keep a jar candle burning, and dip the top end of each scion in melted candle wax, before grafting. That seals them without the problem of potentially dislodging the graft while over-wrapping with parafilm. It's also easily available, does not have to be specially bought. I dipped a couple of times, each quickly, for a good seal.