Re: grafting flowering buds?
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I had a friend of mine send me some peach scions from a house he has now moved out of. Unfortunately, he mistook flower buds for vegetative buds and sent me only first year wood. My question is, is there a vegetative bud on the flower cluster and can I break off the flowers to t-bud the remains. Or would I be better to whip graft the sticks to ensure I've got a vegetative bud somewhere on it. Its mid winter here in OZ, when is the best time to whip graft peaches?
I guess that three questions now!
I have used both without any problem, in fact I even prefer first year wood because I do bark grafting, they seem to take more easily when it comes to using peaches.
You can always T-bud the remains. Usually the flower buds are on the outer and the center smaller bud is the vegetative bud. Each cluster would have many flower buds surrounding the one vegetative bud in that node.
you can use either. The timing is of utmost important than the type of grafting you do.
When grafting peaches, I would wait until the stock is blooming until the leaves are starting to push out.
Also, it is best to graft when it is dry, never when it is raining or very foggy or humid, otherwise dramatically lower success rates.