Summer grafting

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  1. kbguess

    kbguess Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I grafted 10 maples on 8/7/2022. 8 of them look to be successful. About half are pushing new growth.
    I used parafilm grafting tape and kept in 5 gallon buckets after grafting. I covered the bucket with white plastic grocery sack and kept in shade. I removed the plastic sack after about 10 days.
    I will keep those that push new growth under LED grow light this winter as experiment

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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    That looks excellent! Nice clean grafts, too.

    When will you cut the stock down, after dormancy or next year? I guess a big part of the trick is getting them through the winter, also.
     
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    kbguess Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    @emery I will remove after dormancy for those that don't push new growth. For those that are actively growing, I will cut when I put under the LEDs
     
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    LoverOfMaples Generous Contributor Maple Society

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    Hey Keith. It seemed like we both had the same on 8/7. I also start graft that day. I did 20 and lost 2 so far from that batch. I used grafting rubber bands because it pulls the grafts tight. I didn't have that good of luck a few year ago with buddy type. I did do a few grafts this year with it to see what happens.

    A few of the grafts
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    Using grafting rubber bands, baggies to hold moisture, and tie to keep the baggie closed.
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    Nice fat buds after a month
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    Root growth
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    Good thing about buddy tape is you can see when it callus
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    I removed the tie to open up the baggies on the month old grafts. I'll remove them completely in the next two weeks. Hopefully no new buds well open doing this process.

    I did this same process last year and had great success. Doing my vacation in April a late freeze came and killed all of the grafts I did last year. Last year I started grafting the first week of Sept.
     

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    kbguess Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    @LoverOfMaples looking good there. I have found I can get an extremely tight graft junction with the tape. Sometimes I put a twist in the tape to get extra tensile strength.
    Next year I want to try air layering to create rootstock and grafting in August when I separate the layer.
     
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    LoverOfMaples Generous Contributor Maple Society

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    Sound like a good idea not having to wait on seedlings forever.
     
  7. Otto Bjornson

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    Make sure you let the new young grafted stem time to harden off and let the buds set for winter. Don't push it too much with cooler weather and less sunlight coming. That is always the critical point with grafting from our experience. The grafts can start looking so cute in september but you want to make sure they harden off and loose their leaves before frost arrives. Wait until early spring, just before the new leaves want to push out before cutting out the upper section of the root stock above the graft.
    Good luck, and your grafts look great!
     
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