Hold my hand while I try peach grafting...again
I've made many failed attempts at peach grafting but I still want to keep trying. I've read and re-read my Grafter's Handbook on peach grafting, watched Youtube videos, bought a new knife, and this week we are having monsoon weather and won't get above 85 for a week. The time is right.
I have been practicing with odd pieces from my established trees and I think I may have "discovered" why it is difficult to graft peaches. I immediately noticed that the cambium is very thin and the pith is very brittle. As compared to apples, they seem to just fall apart when they are cut.
I also noticed that lining up the cambium is far more difficult. It seems that when the cut is made the bark and cambium roll inward, and the thin cambium is hard to match up. I wish I had a microscope to see better what is really happening. I did buy some 3.25 reading glasses.
I tried with new, green wood and last year's growth as well. Neither seems easier to work with. As far as method goes, I didn't find anything that I felt was better either. Because of the rolling effect I wonder if dormant wood would be easier to work with.
Any expert advice is appreciated!