Grafted my First Fruit Tree :-)

hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)March 17, 2012

Well, I'm just so proud of myself :-) Our local chapter of the CRFG in N. San Diego county held a grafting class this morning (thank you so much Ben Pierce, Cory Krell and Dottie Logan for all of your efforts to put this class together for us novices). I grafted two Dapple Dandy pluots onto St. Julian (which was interesting that we weren't using Citation, so I'll be very interested to see how these trees do on St. Julian compared to all my interspecifics on Citation). Well, really just one. Cory showed me how with the first one, and then he walked me through the second tree that I did all by myself! I think being a nurse and a quilter helped a lot. I'm hoping for a take on at least one of them. I'm now on the hunt for a nice basic grafting book, so if any of you could recommend a good reference book, that would be helpful. It was fun to see all the different techniques and tools used. I really did like Cory's method as he made it easy not to fail. I did a cleft graft technique, and we both ended up getting the cambium layers to align very nicely, so I'm hopeful. I'm excited about grafting some citrus, next!

Patty S.

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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

That is great you got to go to a class. I really want to give it a go. I have the rootstock growing and the scion in the fridge. LOL First mistake, I thought I could remember which was which so now if the graft works, I will have to wait for it to fruit to find out what it is.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 7:08PM
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sautesmom

Patty:
It is such a rush to do your first graft, esepcially when it starts growing!
Not to be a wet towel, but citrus is not what I would choose after pluots. Hopefully you can get a direct tutorial from an experienced citrus grafter, because I have NEVER had any of my citrus take, and I am now 100% on apples and pears, and about 90% on plums/pluots. My understanding is it helps if you cut the branch to be grafted, and then wait several weeks for it to recover and try to grow again before you graft onto it. But I have not tried this yet. But just straight grafting, mine all turn black and die.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 8:18PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I'll make sure I graft citrus with one of our experienced CRFG folks. Or, I can go over to Clausen's Nursery and have one of their grafters help me out. I think T bud grafting is supposed to be more successful with citrus? Thanks for the tip! I'll add it to my grafting notes. Hoping I can find a good grafting resource book, too.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 8:35PM
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melikeeatplants

Good Citrus grafting tutorials stickied here:

http://citrus.forumup.org/viewforum.php?f=3&mforum=citrus&sid=ea5d6b87b4f64a054a07425723eb390f

Here is a link that might be useful: Citrus Propagation

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 11:49AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Well, one week after grafting my Dapple Dandy scionwood to St. Julian A rootstock, I took a peek under the paper bag. The buds on the scionwood are starting to swell and I see peeks of green. I hope this means my grafts are taking :-) Kind of excited about this. My husband has resorted to calling me the "mad scientist". My Ronde fig cuttings are also starting to show a bit of bud swell, too. Pretty excited.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 11:10PM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

Great work. I've been able to top work some ohf333 stock by digging it up early, potting it, cut of previous scion, grafted max red bartlett onto it and now, 3 week later have 5" growth from 3 of them. One has emerged 1/2" but is struggling.
After viewing youtube's many videos on the subject, I felt confident doing the procedure and they're taking! I encourage folks to attempt grafting and budding as it can be pretty simple.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 7:15AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Well, update on my two Dapple Dandy pluot grafts on St. Julian A. Took another peek under the bag, and both my grafts are pushing little green buds through the Parafilm!! I'm so excited. They are growing at the same rate, so it looks like they both have taken. I'm very excited :-) I can't want to try something else. I'm pretty much out of room, so it will be top working for the most part. Here are the grafted trees:

I'm so excited. It looks like both will take. Wowie for me, lol!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 8:22PM
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marknmt

:-)

eom Mark

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 9:46PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Patty-

Did they supply the cuttings and the rootstock? That seems like a very interesting class. I am running out of room as well and I know of TONS of different varieties of fruit in my neighborhood that I could use. Im in Orange County in Little Saigon and there are so many different fruit trees just hanging over fences. People just let their trees grow wild around here..hehe

I found a 5 in one Citrus tree at HD yesterday. I could not believe the size of it with 2 different types of oranges, 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 tangerine. It was awesome! I too want to graft my citrus! Good luck!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 10:57PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Our CRFG chapter bought the rootstock, and charged each member $5.00 to cover the cost of the rootstock and soil (all were planted up in 1 gal containers). Then, various members brought in scionwood, so we had a nice choice of apple, pear and stone fruit scionwood and roostocks. So, we each had a one on one teaching session. It was just a great, great class. We have a very nice CRFG chapter here in N. San Diego county, thanks to all the dedicated officers and volunteers.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 11:17PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

"Took another peek under the bag, and both my grafts are pushing little green buds through the Parafilm!! I'm so excited."

It is thrilling to see it work. Of course there's plenty of science behind it, but it almost seems like magic to take a stick (or dormant bud) fasten it on a tree, and viola a new tree grows from it. It is amazing.

If you think about it, it almost has the flavor of a children's fantasy story - Jack's magical plum tree was almost dead, but he took a stick from it, whittled the end and stuck it on another tree. And it came to life and grew, becoming his same old friend.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 9:49AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I know, olpea. That's kind of how I feel :-) I know so many folks on this list are very experienced grafters, and this is probably second nature to them. But to have my first two graft attempts take is pretty exciting. I'm sure I would not have had this kind of success without such great instruction for sure, so the credit really goes to the CRFG members who gave their time and expertise for free to the rest of us less experienced members. I know, and it is magical! I was an OB nurse for many years, and that magic experience of a new baby never faded for me. Maybe that's why I like gardening so much!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 11:16AM
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marknmt

Story goes that when Fr. Ravalli first turned the soil in Stevensville, MT in the 1840's Natives would sit in anticipation, watching the lines in which the seeds were planted for those first signs of new growth.

I'm still the same way, and grafting is even better! It's like Christmas, but the gift keeps on giving so you never have to sit there in your jammies and say "Is that all?"

Merry Christmas!

:-)M

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 9:34PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Thats funny. I was thinking the same thing today that everyday is like Christmas when I wake up to go outside to peek at my trees. Sometimes I even have trouble falling asleep at night!

Christmas everyday except for when the bugs steal the presents..hehe

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 11:06PM
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ramble

Hoosierquilt,

Great job. And you probably know more than me about grafting, but FYI you could have cut your scion into pieces with 2 buds each and grafted many more branches if you wished.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 12:29AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Yup, ramble, we did get that info in class, but for our first attempts, the teachers told us having a little more to hold on to would make it easier to get a good graft first time around. Once you're proficient at cleft grafting, you can use a much smaller piece of scionwood, and then be able to graft either more trees or more branches.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 9:42AM
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jose_albacete

Hi Patty, congratulations on your success with Dapple Dandy pluot.

With warm regards from Spain
Jose Joaquin

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:07PM
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