Saturday, March 21, 2015

Even More Grafting. 3.21.15

Fedco Scion Wood.  3.21.15

Jonared Apple with 5 other varieties now grafted.  3.21.15
I did the rest of the grafting at the Battleground place. 

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.


  1. My European Super fine Beurre, Winter Nell pear took with leaves fully coming out and I was eager to unwrap the graft. Its still too early to undo because the joint is still wet. I'm afraid that its not 100% heal. My plum that fell off is on the street on a narrow sidewalk so kids could have knock it off or the birds because my neighbor toss bread out of the window everyday and there's often a lot of birds.

  2. Lance, I think you can wait a month or so, depending on how tight the wrapping is. I wait until growth is, maybe 6 inches long.

    If this link works, it shows follow up for apple grafting. Pears would be similar, but for me pears seem to take faster than apples do.

  3. This is the second yr that I grafted pears so I don't know when will be time to untight. You are right it seem to take right away.
    Apple report: Belle de Boskoop originated from the Netherlands, Golden Nugget and Empire took. I've never grown any of these before. It will be exciting to taste any of these apples.

  4. I didn't graft pears this year. There are still some things I want to try with them, but at this point will have to either T_bud in summer or wait until next year.

    My deer-eaten Mashirasu - eaten twice by deer - is growing nicely now. It's fenced in for protection.

    A few of my prior pear grafts are blooming. One is Asian pear, other two, I think, are Euro pears. Didn't label them. Both are in their 2nd leaf, so it looks like it takes 2 years to get pears from a new graft.

    Those are good apple varieties. Hobbiests report on Belle de Boskoop frequently.