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Bud grafting followup

Bud grafting success and failure

Only two weeks after bud grafting a row of plums, I noticed that the parafilm was already breaking away as the rootstocks swelled beyond the plastic's ability to bear. At first I figured this was bad news...but a closer look showed that many of the buds are still green and appear to be growing into the rootstock as planned.

Budding is a slower process that dormant-season grafting, so I'll just let the rootstocks continue toodling along unchecked for the rest of this summer. Then, during the next growing season, it'll be time to either cut above the new buds or bend the rootstock tops over, either of which will tempt the new variety to break bud and create new shoots.

For now, I'm just thrilled to see that my attempts at budding appear to be at least moderately successful. I love being able to buckle another homesteading skill under my belt!

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I did not know you can bud graft this way. Can you tell I am a bit of a newbie. :) Thank you so much for sharing. My husband will be thrilled to know this for his trees. When I was young and had my first garden. It was on a patio and I was container gardening. We had a cold rainy spell and I covered all my plants with plastic bags. Everyone was horrified. Told me I would kill all my plants. The next warm day I went out and uncovered my plants. They were growing and beautiful. My friends who used the "proper" coverings lost many of their plants. Next year I used the proper sheet coverings. I lost a lot of my plants. To say the least I am fan of plastic. :)
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