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Frameworking the pears


The positive side of our topworking failure last year is that the pear trees produced lots of small twigs at just the right spot to do the easier whip-and-tongue graft this year.  I've been swapping scionwood with several readers, too, so I have plenty to graft onto every twig in the right size range, meaning that I was really frameworking this year instead of topworking.


I also splurged on real grafting supplies this winter, which made the project easier.  Hopefully at least a few of the twelve grafts I made will take this summer, at which point I can prune away wood of the old variety.  Here's hoping we'll have tastier pears in a few years!

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Haven't had the time to try grafting yet but I noticed that has a grafting tool that makes perfectly matching cuts on scion and rootstock. Looks to be pretty good.
Comment by Jackie Fri Feb 22 18:04:42 2013
Jackie --- Years ago I ran a side-by-side trial grafting with a knife versus using a tool like that. The knife grafts actually took faster and at a higher percentage, but I'll bet the tool would keep the union from breaking better if you have heavy winds.
Comment by anna Fri Feb 22 20:02:23 2013

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