Sunday, March 04, 2012

Budding Grafts

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I cannot express how excited I am to see this. The scions that I grafted onto our "volunteer" plum tree are flourishing.




Who suspected that twigs wrapped in plastic could bring me so much joy?




Having learned from last year's mistakes, and used significantly more grafting film. My scions did not dry out as badly as they did last spring, and thus far I've had a much higher success rate on my grafts.




I find this thrilling. What can I say? I'm easy. Give me a glorious spring-like day, and the promise of new growth, and I'm happy as can be.



These flowers are on one of last year's grafts. This one weedy little plum tree may produce over a dozen varieties of fruit, if all goes well.

9 comments:

Nataline said...

eeeeeee!!! So exciting!!!! Can't wait to see what kind of fruit you get. Or are you going to pinch all the fruit off this year to give the plants some time to establish? Is that even necessary with grafted fruit trees?

boodely said...

Miraculous!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I have to consult the local fruit-growers about leaving the blooms in place.

I suspect I'll remove the brand-new blooms. But what I'm not sure about are the blooms on the year-old grafts.

Are those unions strong enough to support the weight of plums? I dunno.

ellen kirkendall said...

It's so much fun to see what new "crops" you are trying. I'm going to try a few veggies this year - I'm sure I'll make a million mistakes.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Awesome, they're looking great! We had similar issues with our persimmon grafts last spring, which apparently are quite prone to failing. It's possible they had the same problem, so we might try a few extra wraps of Parafilm next time too.

Stefaneener said...

Yay!! Good for you.

zippiknits said...

The grafts look wonderful. Pretty fabulous actually. I would pinch back the fruiting, but not the blossoms for two years, to give the tree time to build girth. My mother grafted fruit trees and other woody things like roses. I learned from her.

Kate said...

That is so cool! Aren't plants great?

Sergios Landscaping said...

Congratulations! What a success! Gardening tasks are sure worth doing especially when the plants reward us when they thrive. Good job!

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