Thanks. I stumbled into the paper from the rare fruit growers in California. It seems that as long as the buds are not growing, which they have stopped, I can use them to graft. The Asian Pear has more flowers but I will graft tomorrow and see how it goes.
Yes, grafting is best done now. I’m in AL also, Walker County.
whip and tongue grafts when scion and the rootstock is close to the same diameter.
Cleft graft for a super quick graft. 30second graft.
I do these on random public Bradford pear trees.
And when you’re doing a rootstock or top working an existing tree. I tend to do a bark inlay graft and put a stick of scion every 2-3” around the circumference of the rootstock.
Here in the picture a single stick of pear scion wood was grafted using a bark inlay graft in the spring of 2019.
The original tree was a naturally occurring wild seedling pear tree out in my pasture.
I grafted the eating pear at 5’ high to avoid deer pressure as the scion leafs out.
Using such a large “rootstock” and trimming off any growth other than the growth of my scion this particular scion grew in excess of 6’ in a single year. Even after pruning multiple times to keep the scion from breaking.
Dennis. If you’re somewhat close I can hook you up with plenty of pear scion.
Location: Huntsville Alabama (North Alabama), Zone 7B
Thanks for the offer. I have harvested several bags of Asian Pear scions (Korean types). I did the grafting this weekend. I did an Oblique Cleft graft on 5 branch stubs. Now to sit and wait.
I hope some of the local people will do their Bradford and Cleveland Pears but no takers so far.
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