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Hello. I recently discovered some Callery pears growing several places on the property. I would like to graft some of my other pear trees onto them. Has anyone ever done this in the winter before?
 
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Doing it in the growing season will allow the rootstock to send nutrients up to the graft so that it can stay alive and they also grow and connect/scab over into one plant. In the winter the graft will probably just dry out from the winter wind.

But give it a try and let me know how it turns out. It never hurts to try. And if they all die by spring you can do another graft again.

I am interested in seeing how it turns out.  
 
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I did my grafting onto existing trees as those trees were budding out and that worked nicely - 10 of 13 survived.

If you're grafting onto bare rootstock, I think the preferred time is about when the snow is melting.  That way they can callus over for a few weeks before you plant them out.  I was told you want to plant them out after the deep freezes are over.
 
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I may give it a go soon on a couple grafts just to see what happens. Will definitely do it closer to spring as well.
 
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