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what's the optimal stage/time for budding apples

Posted by cousinfloyd NC 7 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 18, 14 at 9:46

I've never tried budding apples before, but a neighbor that I want to help has a tree he'd like to clone. Am I more likely to have success with T-budding or chip grafting an apple? When's the optimal time/stage of development? Any other pointers? Any particularly outstanding online budding tutorials?

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RE: what's the optimal stage/time for budding apples

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 18, 14 at 10:43

The bark needs to be slipping very well for T budding which means the rootstock in particular needs to be rapidly growing. Chip budding, which I've never done, can be done even without slipping bark.

I usually have 90% or higher success with T budding in May and June. It can also be done late summer and bud not forced until spring. But for some reason my buds often die in winter.

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