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Frameworked pear bud break

Pear graft budding out

Good news from the frameworked pear trees --- the first of the scionwood has broken dormancy, with the rest hopefully soon to follow.  I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure if scionwood breaks dormancy, that means the graft has taken.  (As opposed to Scionwood breaking dormancyhardwood cuttings where bud break can actually be a bad sign if the cuttings wake up before they manage to root.)

As you can see, the pear trees have leafed out quite a bit more below the graft union than above, which is quite ordinary.  When you graft onto one-year-old rootstock pieces, you're often told to brush off the opening buds on the rootstock if they wake up before the scionwood has budded out, but that doesn't seem to be as good of an idea on a large, frameworked tree.  If all goes well, I'll let everything grow this summer, then prune back the limbs of the old variety this winter, letting the new varieties take over a bit at a time.  Maybe we'll have extra-tasty pears to enjoy in a few years.

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