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Learning to graft
Any suggestions for learning to graft
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cmullin
Philomath, OR
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September 24, 2022 - 3:05 pm

I live in Philomath, so the orchard in Oregon city(home orchard education) is pretty far away. Anything more local to me? I have read a few grafting books, and youtube university is very good, but it is nothing like in person learning. With the propagation fair at least temporarily not happening any suggestions? quokka(Dave) is hear in Corvallis, we are talking about figs. Ironically, figs do not need to be grafted. I have some very old apple trees that have not been pruned in a decade(I am starting to prune, but it going to take a few years). I am also getting some bare root apples and pears this spring, mostly for cider and perry making(nobody has spare perry fruit!).

Any suggestions would be welcome.

 

Thanks

 

Chris

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John S
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September 26, 2022 - 9:37 pm

There is a group based in Eugene on Facebook. It is called the Agrarian Sharing Network. They have events that are close to you.

John S
PDX OR

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cmullin
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September 28, 2022 - 3:43 pm

Thanks John, I have reached out to them.  They hope to have some events in the spring of 2023, but nothing is scheduled yet.

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Dubyadee
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September 30, 2022 - 12:10 am

If you are ordering the bareroot trees you may be able to ask that they not be pruned before shipping. Then prune them yourself when you plant and you get scion to topwork your old trees to new varieties. A topworked tree that has been pruned hard while dormant will try to regrow what has been removed. You can try lots of different graft styles too - veneer, bark, bud, whip & tongue, etc. Apples and pears are best to learn on, high success rates. Plums and cherries seemed more difficult for me although I finally had successes. Best tip to share is cut your scion off at two or three buds. Too much wood and the graft can’t support the transpiration of the scion. You don’t need fancy tools either. I use a Stanley utility knife, canvas nail apron, electrical splicing tape and toilet wax ring. Make yourself a toolbox to keep your supplies. I always sharpen my utility knife blade on a whetstone before starting. A dull blade crushes the bark and cambium. The thumb controlled blade retraction is handy, make your cut, retract the blade, stick the knife in your apron, and grab the tape or grafting rubbers. Wrap your graft, cut scion off at second or third bud with a sharp pruner, and add a dab of wax to the tip. You’ll want to label your grafts. I cut aluminum cans into 3/4” x 1 1/2” strips. I poke a hole in one end and insert a strand of light gage wire, like data or phone wire (24ga?). I have a ballpoint pen and small block of soft cedar as writing surface that I can firmly write varieties and date on the aluminum tag and tie to or near the graft. Use enough wire to allow the branch to grow.On your old trees, if you prune hard, you’ll get lots of water sprouts growing. Let some grow and the following year they make good grafting sites, nice clean whips you can cut off and graft onto. 

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cmullin
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September 30, 2022 - 3:49 pm

Dubyadee,

Thank you for the detailed reply. I appreciate it.

 

Chris

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