Grafted my First Fruit Tree :-)
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!