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Drill Grafts
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jekahrs
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April 16, 2020 - 10:01 pm

I was looking on the internet and saw something about drill grafting.  Normally I'd just laugh and use a time used method. But since I am modifying an espalier tree, the particular method, if it is valid, could be very useful. Anyone try it or heard real reports?

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John S
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April 17, 2020 - 2:46 pm

I have seen uses of it recently, but I've never used it.
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Rooney
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April 23, 2020 - 3:16 pm

jekahrs said
I was looking on the internet and saw something about drill grafting.  Normally I'd just laugh and use a time used method. But since I am modifying an espalier tree, the particular method, if it is valid, could be very useful. Anyone try it or heard real reports?  

I noticed your post on the other thread as well as the above and so I know the tree your trying to modify is pears.

Although I have never drill grafted before I have had good success, and would expect good success with an espalier tree because there is good sun exposure everywhere. I hope the pear grafts that you accomplished recently on the other thread are lined up and sealed good. Not sure if the glue you use would crack. A bit of vaseline coating should prevent cracking.

If you were near my area in Vancouver, I would have you look at all my cool ways of espaliering rootstocks of cherry and apple along fences I am sure you would be amazed. For example one of my methods that I developed, and you could get some of this budwood, is the insertion of 'palmetta' apple buds into apple or pear when it is in the slip like it is now. 

It's just an idea and a guarantee of a take in case you end up in a bad way with your recent stick graftings. I think wood for budding is another 2 weeks out, but the offer is open if you live close enough and stay far enough away from me. 🙂

For those confused about interchanging apples with pears... well this is not normally compatible but with some pears and apple cultivars such as mine or such as a 'winterbanana' apple it is. In my cases this is a hybrid apple like the 'heyjack', but mine has very good "horizontal reaching" abilities.

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