Stages of Grafting Progress?
I took my first swing at grafting my cherry trees a few weeks ago and I know its probably still too early to tell if any of them will take, but I am curious as to what I should be expecting. Everything I've been able to read just tells how to do the grafting, now the stages that they should go through afterwards.
As of right now, none of the grafted branches are clearly "dead", but none look overly healthy either. I presume that is to be expected as the branches are having to live off their own reserves until the host tree heals the cuts over and fuses with them.
So really, my questions are:
1) How long should it take before I know for sure if a graft has failed? Are we talking a couple months at most, or next year?
2) What are the general appearances that the grafts go through? As in, I assume they will look sickly and weak before picking back up, but will they reach a point they appear dead before bouncing back, or would a bunch of brown and brittle leaf buds pretty much mean failure?