Grafting Pears with large scions

charlieboringApril 16, 2014

I have two asian pears (shiko and hosui) entering their third year. I traded for some bartlett pear scions to graft onto the asian pears and create 2 varieties on one tree. The scions are larger than the stock limbs I want to graft onto. What are my choices regarding grafting techniques? Will a T-bud graft work if done in April or May?

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Charlie, I put an answer on that other pear grafting thread. I didn't mention t-budding. It can work if you cut out a super small bud from the scion: don't take much wood at all with the bud; it will be shaped more oval than square. The way I T-bud in spring is do the bud on the side, then in two or so weeks bend the stock right above the bud to the ground, breaking the bark on one side. This will keep the top leaves to feed the plant but the bud is now dominant and should sprout. This is more hassle which is why I usually just do a wedge graft in this case.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 8:46AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

You can do chip budding.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 12:03AM
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