Last year I grafted a number of new varieties onto my existing trees. I used whip and tongue grafts and positioned the grafts towards the end of primary scafolds were the size of the scafold limb matched the diameter of my scion. The amount of growth from the grafted scions was little if any in some cases. Given the amount of growth they achieved, it could be a while before I ever get fruit from the grafted scions. Also, given were I grafted them, most of the growth will be beyond the height I want to limit my trees to.
I will be grafting some apricots and plums onto my peach trees this year and am rethinking my grafting methods as it seems there has to be a way to get more growth from a first year graft and have the scion positioned in a more desireable location. I have my peah trees trained to an open vase, with 4 primary scafolds originating at about knee high. Im thinking of cutting limbs back to within a few inches of the trunck and doing cleft grafts. Any thoughts/experience on best method for topworking trees.
Based on my current experience, it seems like I could get fruit quicker by planting a new tree versus grafting new varieties onto my existing trees. But I'm sure there is a better way to topwork trees ( I'm just not sure what it is).