Peach budding questions

persianmd2orchardMay 25, 2013

I'm not giving up on peach grafting yet but some budding trials may be in line.

-Can use dormant bud sticks from last season OR buds from this season in budding????

-Do you have to destroy the rest of the tree to do budding? I like whip and tongue because my trees are young and I generally like the original variety that came on them too. You can put a bunch of new varieties on a relatively new tree while still preserving a lot of the original tree with whip and tongue. I have a peach tree producing say 50 peaches this season and want to add more varieties without setting back the peach tree's original variety much. Whip and tongue on a high branch can do the trick, can budding do the trick too?

I don't want to bud low on the trunk then chop off all of the tree above the bud. Or perhaps you can do some high budding on an half inch diameter branch up top??

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franktank232(z5 WI)

You use this years new growth to c hip bud with, at least I do. Not sure about dormant wood. You bud up high or down low, where ever you have matching size wood. Meaning when you take off a bud, you want to find matching wood that is around the same size to fit it in. A lot of times, especially with bigger trees, you have to go up higher then you may like to find that wood. Unless you give the tree a serious haircut and force it to branch out lower.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

You can use dormant wood as long as it's still fresh.. done it many times myself.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 9:30AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Oops double post...

This post was edited by scottfsmith on Sat, May 25, 13 at 9:33

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 9:32AM
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persianmd2orchard

This sounds great thanks guys. It sounds like similar to whip and tongue, you can chip bud (or T-bud?) up high on matching pencil thick wood if you like, preserving the rest of the tree. In most of the diagrams I've seen of T-budding, they bud down low on the main trunk, and whack off the rest of the tree/rootstock above. I think those diagrams are for mainly geared at making trees from rootstock... not making 4n1 and 7n1 etc. cocktail trees which is my goal for testing different varieties in limited space.

So it sounds like you can bud up high and keep rest of the tree in tact.
Can you also bud down low on the trunk and not whack off the top? I guess only apical dominance sending energy to the new variety is the limiting factor here, so budding high would be best if trying to keep the rest of the tree OK. And budding low--without whacking off the top--would be a gamble.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 10:56AM
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