Friday, April 3, 2009
The apple buds are beginning to push/break on the Cox's Orange Pippin. That is the receiver (host) for the grafting I plan on doing this year. Warmer areas located on higher benches along the coast have already pushed bud and the best grafting period is past. Timing is everything for completely successful grafts. Timed correctly and done simply, grafts can be 100% successful.
Timing is accomplished by watching the buds on the host tree. When the buds are only just beginning to change from the winter dormant mode to the first bud on the host tree showing only the smallest bit of color it is time to apply the scions you plan to graft. You must watch for bud push/break every day because when it begins it will continue quickly. The scions should be taken without any leaves and stored in a plastic bag in a refrigerator or the coolest spot available like in the shade on the north side of a house. They should be taken in January at the earliest.