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CherimoyaDude

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What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« on: June 13, 2020, 07:17:57 PM »
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Re: What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2020, 10:04:24 PM »
NOW. Spring of the year. My area usually April May & June. If you can dictate temps and environment.....most of the year.

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Re: What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 01:22:36 AM »
My (limited) experience is that you can graft any time of year but you may have to wait for a long time if you pick the wrong time... I remember doing some T-buds in august on an in-ground tree. Weeks later no movement, bud still green. Months later still no movement, bud still green. Come spring, TADA! bud starts pushing! I hope cleft on a stick in a pot works better in the "off season"... I'll be trying that with nordmann nagami this august when the CCPP has bud sticks available again...

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Re: What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2020, 09:05:00 PM »
I am starting some t-buds and small whip grafts now.  Of course it is a heat wave with >90F temps every day, but this is when I happened to get around to doing it. 

Would I be best off keeping the budded plants indoors?  Garage (dark)?  Greenhouse (cooled to ~90F)?  Shade or sun?


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Re: What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2020, 08:24:36 PM »
Brian if you keep buddy tape on the graft for 3 or 4 weeks it wont dry out even if its outside.  Moving it out of the heat wont hurt either.  T bud grafts seem to be more finiky than cleft grafts on citrus for me.  Sometimes citrus grafts will take but not grow for even 5 or 6 months.  Cutting the tree back around the graft to force the grafted bud to swell helps also. 
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Re: What time of year is best for grafting citrus?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2020, 09:12:12 PM »
Thank you.  I have put them in my greenhouse, hoping for the best

 

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