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Orchard care: tools, management

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by Lazy Gardener, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. May 25, 2019
    Lazy Gardener

    Lazy Gardener Super Self-Sufficient

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    It's stupid simple.

    The only supplies I need are: clippers, a razor knife, or other super sharp knife, a roll of electrical tape and grafting wax. Instead of buying the expensive grafting wax, I bought a wax toilet ring. That contains enough wax to last my life time!

    Once supplies are gathered, it takes about 10 minutes to do a cleft graft. I cut my scion wood, with intent to graft the same day it's cut. I do my grafting when buds are swollen, but before they break. That way, I'm sure there's a lot of sap traveling up the tree to nourish the scion.

    While the instructions in the following article states that clefting is used with a LARGE root stock, I cleft graft any root stock that is a bit larger than the diameter of a pencil.

    https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-make-a-cleft-graft-3269523
     
  2. May 25, 2019
    Britesea

    Britesea Sustainability Master

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    thank you. It's too late here this year, but I'll try that next year.
     
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  3. May 26, 2019
    Lazy Gardener

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    Not too late to start a few pear or apple seeds!!! And, I believe you can bud graft even later on in the summer. I've not tried that yet, but it looks to be fairly easy. That would be a good way to add an extra variety or two to an existing tree.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2019 at 8:16 PM
    LiGardener

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    Summer is coming chip or t budding still super viable once the bark begins to slip! (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=400) Simple with tools as indicated by @Lazy Gardener . Always a great satisfaction when your new graft breaks bud!
     
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