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When to open your grafts?
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John S
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June 30, 2024 - 9:20 pm

I asked some guys in Seattle a few years back, "When do you slice open your grafts on the ones that succeeded, so that they can really grow well?" They said July 4th.  What do you think?

I've tried that and it seems ok.  I have actually damaged grafts by cutting through the rubber band and glue.  Be careful. Do you have a different date?

John S
PDX OR

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jafar
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July 1, 2024 - 9:51 am

Are you talking about dormant grafts on apple in a particular location?  

Just throwing out a general date doesn't make any sense to me.

I try to relieve the tension before the union gets girdled.  Sometimes I do nothing until the following year.  I've occasionally left it on so long that the area is locally necked down a little bit with no obvious long term problem.

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John S
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July 1, 2024 - 5:38 pm

Yes Jafar,
I'm typically thinking about whip and tongue grafts or others done with dormant scions in the middle of the green rush in spring.

I like how you talk about the tension.  If there's no tension in the new graft, you don't have to hurry. Maybe wait until dormant season. 

If it's girdling, you might want to get on that. 

I guess having a date doesn't really make that much sense.

Good point.

John S
PDX OR

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mariahcarey
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July 1, 2024 - 11:49 pm

We live in town, have a small yard, and I just have 2 pear espaliers (one is 5 yrs old, with 10 cordons and 7 varieties; 1 in the 3rd year with 10 cordons with 8 varieties) and 1 apple espalier (6 yrs old, now 8 cordons witih 8 varieties), but I keep trying to build on what I have. This year, I did 2 new apples cordons and 4 pear, and they all took. It's a wonderful feeling when you see those buds pop through the parafilm! Anyway, no one around here (in northern Idaho in the US) that I know of does grafting or espalier, so I've had to rely on Youtube primarily. mapquest

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John S
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July 2, 2024 - 1:53 pm

Good job making it happen up there. I'm sure there is a group in Boise, but it sounds like that's a long ways away.  If Spokane is near, that may be a place to exchange scions or talk to other orchardists.

John S
PDX OR

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