Peach tree graft failure

JazenJuly 7, 2012

Hi all. I tried grafting a peach scion to Bailey rootstock this year, started a bit later and they seemed to fail. I did use a lot of grafting wax and I am wondering if this caused the failure? I used a cleft graft and taped it after smothering the graft with wax.

Any advice would be appreciated as I am going to try again with new scions.

Thanks

Jason

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Jason, peaches are much harder to graft than most other fruits. They are picky in many dimensions so it can be hard to pinpoint the failure. You need temps to be highs in the 75-85F range, they don't like it too hot or too cold. Wrap in alu foil to help even out the temps (shiny side out). Grafting wax is usually OK but if you are not careful you can get it in the graft by mistake. I use parafilm to avoid this. You also need to completely seal the scion, either put grafting wax all over it or use parafilm or doc farewells (I use the latter). Sealing keeps it from drying out, it can take longer to get a take and you don't want it drying out while its mid-process. Lastly do 3-4 of each variety to increase the odds. Its easier to do multiple grafts on the same big stock if you use bark grafts - I can get 4-6 on one stock.

Scott

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 6:56PM
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Jazen

Scott
Thanks for the reply. I definitely got way to much grafting wax in the graft. I also taped around the wax, so it being +90 here in Illinois, I am sure it seeped into the graft. I will try your suggestions in the second attempt. What size scion should I be using?
Again, many thanks
Jason

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 7:17PM
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Jazen

Scott
Thanks for the reply. I definitely got way to much grafting wax in the graft. I also taped around the wax, so it being +90 here in Illinois, I am sure it seeped into the graft. I will try your suggestions in the second attempt. What size scion should I be using?
Again, many thanks
Jason

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 8:32PM
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