I had some apple scion wood left over after doing bench grafting this year and for kicks grafted a few pieces onto a wild apple tree on the property. I cut off an upward-pointing limb emerging from low on the main trunk (5"-6" in diameter, I'd say) and grafted on three pieces of wood using rind grafts. All are the same cultivar. Man, did they shoot up! All three put on four feet of growth straight up.
Two questions for anyone with experience topworking:
-Like I said, there are now three pieces and the limb they're grafted to is basically vertical. If I'd thought about it earlier, I might have cut off two and let the remaining one be the leader of a new tree. Is this the right approach? If so, should I wait until the tree goes dormant since it's so late?
-I sealed the cut limb with some grafting wax (all I had on hand). I notice now the wax is bubbling up. Should I let it fall off (or take it off) or should I work to keep it sealed up? My worry is that water will actually get under the wax and start to rot the limb.
Thanks for any insight. Sam