Scion size limits?

marknmtFebruary 23, 2013

I have a very limited amount of one variety that I want to place elsewhere on my tree, but some of it is twice the diameter I'm used to using (all last year's growth.) Should I be able to wrestle the thick wood into place? Would it be better to use it on larger branches, perhaps 3"+ diameter?

I've fought with scions that were too thin but never one this large -perhaps 1/2", or slightly larger.

Thanks.

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windfall_rob(vt4)

chip bud?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 10:34PM
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murkwell

What kind of tree and what method of grafting are you contemplating?

I wouldn't hesitate to use 1/2" scion to do a whip and tongue to a matching diameter shoot.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:56AM
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alan haigh

I find that sometimes, some varieties buds are not completely developed towards the base of annual shoots which may reduce viability but otherwise wood should be fine.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 5:55AM
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marknmt

Thanks all. It's Rubinette on my apple.

I'd probably do cleft on this one, although W&T is the best, I think; I'm more reliable with cleft. Hadn't thought of chip, although I often do chip back ups with any splice.

The Rubinette has been a vigorous grower (towards the top of my tree) and the one I ate seemed pretty good. It's also a good keeper and attractive and a convenient (not too large) size.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 9:24AM
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