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Grafting in weird weather ! France

 
David Livingston
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Now we all know there is no such thing as Global warming *
But here in France the weather has gone bonkers as its so warm . Last year on the first of Jan we were about -4C° ish this year 15° C yup a 20° difference . I have French Marigolds and Fushia still in flower from last summer and my Almond has started to flower plus the woodpeckers have started drumming on the trees a "sure " sign spring is comming ! WTF
Anyway should I start grafting asap or wait as I intended until Feb as I intended origionally ? Apples plums and peaches are the target plants .

David

*I'm pulling your collective legs about the global warming thing JOKE
 
Henry Jabel
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Well its a tough call as its hard to predict the weather! I would go for it now if you really plan on getting it done this year and have the time. As the long as the buds havent broken it should be ok.

January is usually the coolest month so I think the temperature will drop a bit. However you can do grafting etc anytime in the dormant period its just better to do it slightly at the end as the weather is better (and less likely to cause disease issues).

I am pruning at the moment just incase its spring when I come back from my holiday at the end of january!
 
Peter Shield
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As already suggested, watch out for them there buds, but give it ago. A shady spot to the north of the house might slow things down t a more normal rate as well

Pete
 
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