Why are my grafts slow/dead?
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I grafted my crab apple tree (Red Jade) last year and had a 90% take rate.
This year, I used 1 year wood from the grafts from last year to graft again lower in the tree than the top graft. I clipped my scions late February in about 18 degree weather.
The grafts dont look shriveled, but they havent pushed out other than one graft and its very slow. A few of my grafts last year did the same thing, one of which I had to regraft and then it took off.
I also grafted a pin cherry to Montmorency using a 4 way bark graft.
I grafted after the leaves started coming out of the buds on the mother tree. This is extremely slow as well, it started pushing leaves from the buds, now it appears to have slowed down.
What is going on? How can I go from such a high success rate to virtually zero this year (at least it appears that way)? Do I have bad wood? It was stored at 36 degree, sealed in a bag with wet newspaper, and the newspaper was wet when I took the wood out.
Montmorency is from Geneva - Slow, grafted to 4" diameter pin cherry.
Pomme Gris is from Geneva - Took, very fast.
Belle de Boskoop - I grafted to a friends tree, he says virtually no movement.
Freyberg - No movement
Reine des Reinettes - No movement
Calville Blanc - End bud on one graft pushed an inch, and very slowly.