You tried grafting a scion that has leaves (leaf) on it? That's a big mistake. Anything with leaves will dry out overnight because the leaf is a natural dehydrating panel. That's how leaves function. I've grafted pears successfully, both european and asian onto Anjou rootstock, and got sucess, but that was always with dormant winter stock. Don't give up though. Just wait till the winter, and graft again just before spring for your local area. I've gotten named varieties off of neighbors overhanging trees, Home Depot trees, and bareroot mailorder trees. Just make sure you start with completely dormant scions, that have no hint yet of budbreak.
Peter Hartman wrote: Unfortunately I am not sure that this graft is going to make it. The leaf is turning black, I am not sure what that means, but I know it can't be good.
Patrick Mann wrote:If you post some photos of the grafts before wrapping we might be able to give some helpful advice.
Personally, I trim scions down to 2-3 buds only. Be sure to seal the tip of the scion (if it's cut) to prevent drying.
Suzy Krone wrote:These trees came about as a result of the USDA trying to create a fire blight resistant pear tree.
Interesting, my property is infested with them. They grow real aggressive here. 10 per square foot. They are impossible to get rid of. They grow a 5" cork screw tap root before it makes a sprout so when you try to pull it out you just top it and it comes back. It sprouts from stumps and root systems too.
If I could do grafting, that would atlas give me an option. They are hard to deal with, pruning can be painful and dangerous, and if you don't deal with the limbs right away, you basically have sharp thorny limbs you could step on (and I have) lying on the ground.
Oh god do I hate them.
It's amazing how readily they sprout. They sprout in my yard and garden and my fields of course. Atleast privet can be pulled up relatively easily. I'm guessing bradford will be seen as more of an issue pretty soon, since it can displace entire acres and become 99% bradfords with a few native plants struggling inside to out grow them.
My own observations on my land is that Sweetgum, pine, and persimmon seem to grow fast enough to out pace them, so if you can keep them down or in check and let the native trees grow, they should hopefully establish a forrest where the bradford can't take over. Like in the older forests on my land, no bradford or invasive plants. It's only in disturbed cleared areas does this invasive plant stuff become an issue.
I'm so nerdy.