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Kamil Sieminski
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Hello,
I have some apple and plum scions to graft (will be shipped from Poland). They have buds already. What chances are they would take? It is a bit late as apparently it should be done in early Spring.
Thanks,

Kamil
 
David Livingston
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I dont think there is much chance as you are a bit late but if you have them already what have you to loose
Maybe we can swap some next winter if you want I have lots of French apples and plums .

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Your best bet at this point would be to root those scions, as David says, with bud out it is most likely too late for successful grafting.  If you find some just formed buds on the scions, you could give it a go with those.

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Kamil Sieminski
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Thanks guys! I probably won't try it this year, it will save me a hassle of posting scions and getting rootstock which I may not be able to get at this time anyway. I was thinking if scions would root on their own as Bryant mentioned and if they do what to do with them next. Thanks for your reply!
 
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I have successfully grafted scion wood which was at 1/4" green.  I wrapped the whole thing from just below the graft out to the tip of the scion with Parafilm to stop it from drying out, which is what kills the buds on the scion.  An alternative is to do a chip bud, using buds from the scion wood.  Again, as long as you seal the bud thoroughly, there is a good likelihood that your bud will heal in and grow. (Here, too, I am a fan of Parafilm, which is soft enough that the bud will grow through it
 
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