Sunday, July 13, 2014

Plum bud grafts. Progress Report. 7.13.14

Prunus cerasifolia bud graft on unknown Asian plum.  6 weeks.  7.12.14
 I didn't expect the bud grafts to take off and grow this year.  At best, I hoped they would take, meld with the understock tree, and grow next year.

The Prunus cerasifolia bud graft, grafted as an afterthought and onto a less promising looking small branch, had grown the fastest.  At this point, one can only conclude it is fully melded with the tissues of the understock tree and is a solid graft.  I don't know how much growth to expect.  It would be nice to have bloom next year.  If not, it will be well on its way for the following season.

The Shiro bud grafts did not take off as fast, but two of the 3 have broken dormancy and are growing now.  Again, the most I hope for is to become established and grow next year, for bloom the following year.  I don't mind playing the bee and pollinating next Spring but at some point I want the trees to be self-sufficient in their pollination.

The 3-week buds are varied.  Some look like they have taken, and some I am not so sure of.  The photo is Hollywood plum at 3 weeks.  Again, the bud has broken dormancy and is growing nicely.

I expect that grafts in August will be less likely to break dormancy.  I might graft peaches and graft a plum or two onto some of the plum cuttings from last winter.

Asian Plum "Shiro" bud grafts on unknown Asian plum.  6 weeks.

Hollywood Asian plum on unknown Asian plum.  Bud graft at 3 weeks.  7.12.14
 I really didn't know this would be so easy.  I can't believe I can do this.


  1. Love your graftings. I graft mainly apples but have no luck in plums.
    I only did cleft graft and will try the t-bud after seeing your success.
    I did about 7 this spring and all failed. Your photo is very informative.
    I also have lots of roses from rooting from cuttings. (I sell them sometimes) I also have very beautiful carnations from cuttings from bouquets.
    The old garden rose with lots of thorns is harder to root because they tend to sucker. Its hard but not impossible. Once again I enjoy your blog so much.

  2. Lance,
    Thank you for the compliment. I really enjoy doing this, and now look around for things to graft. I have cleft-grafted apples and pears, and asian pears. Those heal quickly. When I learned whip and tongue, I think it worked better but either way is OK. I think for stone fruits, T-budding is much better. I'm amazed that it works so well. Please update me, I would love to hear about your efforts.

    I am no expert - this is just about my efforts. I forget to post my failures so it looks better than it is.

    Very impressive you grow carnations from bouquets. I am growing some from seeds now.

    Roses from cuttings sometimes work for me and sometimes not. I have the best success with hardwood cuttings in the winter.

    Thank you very much for commenting!