grafting timing

ChristyRocNYApril 21, 2014

I was hoping to try grafting this year, but see that everyone says scions should be collected late fall or early winter. Why is that? If a tree still appears dormant, can I still cut viable scions from it?
Also wondering, do BOTH trees still need to be dormant for the graft to work? One of the trees I was hoping to use for this was in a pot in our unheated basement for the winter, but with some new insulation in our house, it was warmer than it used to be, and it has leafed out already. The other tree is a bare root that should be here any day and will hopefully be very dormant. Could I graft a branch from the dormant one onto the awake one?
Thanks!

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

The scion is best dormant because it needs two weeks to heal in so that it can be water from the roots. The rootstock is best after it starts growing because that hastens healing. Give it a try, might work.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 10:26AM
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ChristyRocNY

That was what common sense seemed to suggest, but why then is scionwood typically collected so early?
Is it just that in some places plants come out of dormancy sooner and general recommendations try to make one statement of timing for everyone? Or are there things happening in the trees in the early spring that I just can't see?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 3:45PM
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curtis(5)

For me in zone 5 I'll collect scions in March. I prefer to graft to a tree or rootstock that is already awake. Last year I grabbed some scions from a friends tree that were starting to bud out and those took. I don't know how late you can push that.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 8:55PM
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