I feel much better now I've started to do this years grafting.
Today I managed to graft all my cherry, plum and pear rootstock's.
|Some of the completed grafts|
The cherries have been grafted with a few older varieties like "Van" and "morrollo" then some more modern ones like "Summers Sun" and "penny". I only did ten trees as the dwarfing rootstock's I wanted weer quite expensive. I plan to plant all of these, when they've left the nursery bed, in the orchard, quite close together so they can be netted easily.
The 15 pears were a good selection of what I could find locally, from the basic but lovely "Conference" to the more unusual "Court du Lame" (I've just googled this one and found nothing so maybe I've written it down wrong) and I also grafted a medlar on one as well.
The plum rootstock's were used for 4 different varieties of plum and also an apricot "Novi Sad" and nectarine "Lord Napier". These more warm climate fruit should give me a bit of a challenge in years to come (anyone have any luck with apricots over here or am I just dreaming?)!
|I set myself up in the greenhouse just in case it rains...|
|Turned out to be a good plan - shame I put the washing out to dry first thing!|
|All the grafted trees waiting for their nursery bed to be dug over ready.|
For the grafts I used the whip and tongue graft (Have a look in my blog here, here and here for more information on grafting) but I must confess to using insulation tape to secure them together, as the ones I did with it last year seem to work just as well as the ones done using proper grafting tape and wax, I guess time will tell on that one.
So that's 40 grafts down just 100 apple tree grafts to go! Anyone else grafting this year?