After graft care
Greetings everyone. I hope you are enjoying all the new plants most are receiving in the mail. My life is becoming a whirlwind of work now that spring is upon us. Working full time for a paycheck and then gardening full time is keeping me so busy that I have to quickly browse the forum whenever I get a tiny bit of extra time.
I have mixed emotions about my grafting experience this year. LOL. I was so unorganized and discombobulated that I lost some plants due to silly mistakes. Even with that I was able to get quite a few grafts to take and will be adding photos on the forum when I have some spare time. I'm putting together a detailed document with everything that worked and what I SHOULD have done with regards to grafts so that I will have it for next year. That will remind me of how to stay on track and hopefully give me much better success.
Now I need all your expertise on after care for grafting. Here are a few of my questions:
1. When should I up pot my grafts that have taken? I want to get them into 1 gallon containers ASAP. I thought I had asked this but could not find the answer.
2. When can I put these grafts outdoors? What should the night temps be before placing them outdoors? Are night temps in the 40's ok?
3. When do most of you plant grafted plants in your garden setting without killing them over the winter? I'm thinking of keeping them potted for 2 or 3 years before planting do any of you foresee an issue with this?
4. Last question, I know it is quite early...but I want to start thinking of where and how I will keep them over the winter months. Should I keep them outdoors and pile leaves up on all of them, or would I be better off keeping them in a pole barn (All that will do is protect them from the wind...not the cold)?
Gosh sorry for being a pain in the arse with all my questions. I want to put all this into my grafting document and ensure I'm prepared and not disorganized like I was this spring.
I hope you are all enjoying nice weather...I'm sorry for those of you who are battling the frost. I had quite a lot of frost damage on my perennials, but they will survive and grow out of it. I sure hope I get some fruit on all my fruit trees this year. I know the frost zapped my Apricot blossoms. But my plums, apples, hapsacks, elderberries and many other fruit trees have not broke into bloom yet.
Thanks for your advice.