newbie fig grafting qs

lycheeluva(6/7)April 27, 2011

I have been grafting apples and plums for 3 years now with a high degree of success using cleft grafting. I like to use cleft grafting as I find it is the easiest way to graft.

I have a 4 year old petit Negron tree and I would like to graft additional fig varieties onto it. The reason for doing so is that I would like to have additional fig varities in my yard but don�t have room for another fig tree(s). I�m writing this post as I know nothing about grafting with fig trees.

A friend gave me a piece of fig scion wood which was collected during dormancy. I cleft grafted it onto my fig tree in early April (I am in zone 6/7). When I shaved the scion wood down to form the narrowed end, I saw that unlike apple and stone fruit scions which are basically solid throughout the cross-section, the fig scion wood had a white pithy substance in the interior of the cross-section. I went ahead and did the cleft graft anyway and time will tell if it has worked. In the meantime, perhaps someone could give me some pointers. Is it ok to use fig scion wood that has a white pithy interior? Can one cleft graft figs in the same way as one cleft grafts apples? Are there any grafting rules particular to figs I should be aware of?

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foolishpleasure

I know only air layer grating I used it for grapes and Apple to creat a new variety on the same tree or to save a branch I was going to cut any way and creat a new tree I did it with good sucess. I don't know if you can do the same with Figs. In Figs we root cuttings. It is a very famous way to create a fig tree. I did quiet some this way. Some fruit trees like Mango has to be grafted or you get lousy tasting fruit.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 9:58PM
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foolishpleasure

I know only air layer grating I used it for grapes and Apple to creat a new variety on the same tree or to save a branch I was going to cut any way and creat a new tree I did it with good sucess. I don't know if you can do the same with Figs. In Figs we root cuttings. It is a very famous way to create a fig tree. I did quiet some this way. Some fruit trees like Mango has to be grafted or you get lousy tasting fruit.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 10:34PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

LL, I have tried grafting figs with dormant cuttings and it always failed. The only reliable method I have heard of is budding figs in summer with fresh (not dormant) budwood. Its too bad there is no easier method, I have a bunch of big 7-year figs I would love to put more varieties on but its hard to round up budwood.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 9:26PM
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lycheeluva(6/7)

thanks scott- when would you say is the earliest i can try and bud graft my fig tree? I am in NYC.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 5:06PM
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