The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

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.

Our chicken waterer is the POOP-free solution for poultry of all kinds and all ages.

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.