pear scion on Bradford.

daemon2525(5)April 20, 2012

I won't use the original post. It was called "Save an old pear tree". It is a very long thread that does not need to be at the top of the list. However I wanted to show everyone that I got 2 scions from an old pear tree from my moms farm to grow on a Bradford pear in my yard.

I did not have proper grafting supplies. I used wax from a toilet bowl ring and strips of plastic from a bag meant to keep my Sunday paper dry.

I don't know if it will live forever, but at least it started!

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marknmt

You done good, so I would say you used proper supplies!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 7:38PM
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olympia_gardener(5)

I know someone grafted an Asian pear Scion onto Bradford tree and produced bigger Asian pears.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 8:19PM
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marc5(6aOH)

Daemon, nice work. You should replace every branch with scionwood, so that Bradford doesn't escape and become invasive, which is now happening all over our region.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 12:02AM
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copingwithclay

Note to self: Add wax ring and newspaper bag to duct tape and bailing wire in tool box.......Marc5's words really are good counsel. Picking various other similarly-sized Bradford branches to graft and clipping off everything else would be a great way to have a complete conversion. Happy to see you had an "I can do this!!" grafting experience.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:16AM
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tedgrowsit(6b PA)

Congratulations on the successful grafting. I did the same thing a few years ago. I converted a bradford to a comice by grafting onto a ground level watersprout or rootsucker. Later on I just chopped the tree down and left the graft grow. Now I have a 12 foot pear tree that is useful and desirable instead of a lawn ornament. Ted

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

That's awesome. I have been practicing different types of grafts redressing neighbor's and friends crabapples and grafting/ budding pollinators onto pears. I had the opportunity to perform bridge grafts on 2 trees that were girdled. I used a whisp from a suckers. So far so good.
I'm waiting on my rootstock order to come in. 25 OHF97, 25Bet, 25 Krymsk1, and 10 M111. The only question is...Should I chip bud/saddle graft them first, then plant? Sounds like less of a back breaker.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 8:57AM
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daemon2525(5)

Noogy,
Although I started the thread, I'll assume that you are asking the other folks if you should chip bud them first because I am no expert! LOL! this is the first try for me.

I don't even know what I did is called. I made a "V" notch in the tree part and the opposite "V" on the scion.
I did match them "perfectly". Maybe that is why it took me 2 hours and several trys to get it right.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 12:07PM
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