Pear grafting question

nana_7b(8a)April 9, 2012

I top worked an older pear tree with bark grafts. Most of the grafts took and look healthy.

The question is; generally how many buds/branches to you keep after a months worth of good growth is achieved? On some grafts I have five or six branches and they are getting bushy!

On each stump I grafted two each of two varieties(4 total) with the intention of eventually keeping one each of the two varieties.

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Sure, eventually one branch each,....keep the better one.
So you had several buds, [6] which makes 6 branches, this is fine but if the stump was large, the graft can break off easily with a good wind, you need to support it for at least 2 season I would think. I graft onto smaller branches, [no support needed] chop fist, then graft the following season onto new shoots, not larger then your thumb, in one season it can grow together into one union, [picture].

This is a small rootstock tree, testing new varieties for hardiness and fruit.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 11:24PM
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Thank you Konrad!

I did not think about supporting the grafts in this case.
As you mention it seems to be a more fragile union. Very good point.

I did do wedge grafts on thumb sized ones as you mentioned last year and they worked very easily. This is my first time to do bark grafts.

I did consider chopping the tree this year and letting the shoot develop for grafting next year. I had not heard about that method mentioned much so did not want to try it.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 7:09AM
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