Re: When to start grafting?
I suspect the “quince plants” are seedlings you’re grafting producing varieties
to..? I wouldn’t hesitate to do a whip & tongue graft ‘now’ - but would prefer dormant
scion wood. I believe I’ve recently read around here of someone making a straight ‘living graft’ (currently growing wood to a growing rootstock) but find that very uncommon, tricky and risky. It’s a bit late, in my book, to be making a whip & tongue … why not Bud
Budding works great on small diameter rootstock, that’s the way the commercial boys do it. It’s much easier and has a higher percentage of ‘takes’ than even W&T grafts. And, you’d have several more weeks to prepare (and heal). Plus it’s relatively fast … just a ‘T
’ slit in the stock, slice off a bud, peel back the T
, insert the bud and wrap... And, if it didn’t take, you’d not have whacked off most of your rootstock!
I’m not sure what you mean by “bare root,” I’d suspect your leafing quince rootstock is currently planted somewhere. Location and condition of the rootstocks are important, but I’d have them as close as possible to their eventual growing conditions …and bud them