Cherry Grafting Tips?

Edymnion(7a)February 19, 2013

Okay, yesterday I bought a Montmorency Cherry tree with the intention of slicing it up into grafts for my Bing and my Sweet Cherry trees (and then turning the stump into a bonsai). After getting it home, I realize that the entire tree I bought is the size of one good limb on my Bing.

So, my main question is, is it better to do large grafts or small ones?

I'm thinking its still going to be the best to make multiple smaller grafts simply from a numbers game perspective, more grafts mean more opportunities for one to be successful.

However, I'm also thinking there may be merit to trimming most of the branches off the new small tree, graft them to one of the bigger trees, then graft the larger main trunk onto the other as a large branch to start with.

Never done grafting before, but I've read up on it as much as I could, I've picked the graft types I want to use (side grafts, the trees I have are rather vertical, I want to broaden them out some), gotten my tools ready, just waiting on warmer weather for the buds to start breaking to be sure the sap is flowing and the grafts have the best chance of taking.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This link might help.

But whatever you do,.. graft only onto growing/pushing root stock or tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Konrad's modified bark grafting

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 8:15PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


You can also go to youtube and type in cleft or bark graft. There are lots of videos to guide you. Good luck.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 8:58AM
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I'm familiar enough with how to do the grafts from reading (as familiar as I'm going to get without hands on experience), its the size of grafts that I'm wondering about.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


As a rule of thumb, the size of scionwoods are around pencil size. If the scionwood is smaller than the branch then do bark graft. Hope that help.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 12:37PM
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You are only looking for 1 or two buds on any given graft. You can't just splice on a 1" trunk and think of it as a new branch, the callus tissue won't support that much load initially. and it is much harder to get older wood to graft in succesfully. Lats years growth makes the best scion.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 1:32PM
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Okay, so multiple smaller grafts are definitely the way to go then, ty.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 2:29PM
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