1 of 2 sticks on cleft graft took, when to remove failed stick?

persianmd2orchardJuly 11, 2013

I had 1 of 2 scion sticks of Coes Golden Drop euro plum take on a cleft graft. I'm reading some different advice on when and what to do with the failed stick. Any firsthand experiences?

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/propagation/cleftgrafting/cleftgrafting.html

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/treeshru/clftgrft.htm

http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/hort/info/fruit/graft/graft.htm

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calistoga_al

I just cut off one whether it grew or not. One strong graft is better than two weak ones. Al

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 9:59AM
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marknmt

What Al said. I let the second graft hang on a little while as a backup and until callousing is well established and then nip it off.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 5:18PM
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persianmd2orchard

thanks guys. so when you cut off one of them, do you leave the bottom that's wedged in with tapered end? or do you yank the whole stick completely out?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 1:20PM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

I don't rip it out. I just cut it evenly with the flat top, and it has worked well for me. I don't want to open up the tree to diseases.
John S
PDX OR

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 1:33PM
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persianmd2orchard

interesting thanks, i wasnt sure which would leave it more prone to problems, a likely dead wedge of wood in there or opening up air space in there you know? for now ill default to flat topping it and leaving wedge in sounds reasonable enough.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 2:04PM
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