When is the best time to collect scion wood for grafting?

Asked September 19, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT

When is the best time for cutting scions for:
- grafting?
- rooting?

What are the best techniques?

Do water shoots make good scions?

What would be a good rootstock for a graft from an old Snow White Transparent: medium height and fire blight resistant?

I live in Northern Michigan. Attached is a photo of the tree in question

Charlevoix County Michigan apples grafting fruit trees lrk

2 Responses

I would suggest budding in the summer. You collect bud wood for budding in the summer when you are going to do the budding.

You can do grafting this winter, but I don't know that you can find a rootstock by then.

You collect bud wood for grafting in the winter while it is dormant and store it until you will use it. Generally you wait until growth has started on the rootstock before grafting.

Here is a link to a discussion of Grafting and Budding Fruit Trees.

The hard part will be finding a rootstock nursery that will sell you a small number of liners to work with. I suggest you search the Internet for fruit tree nurseries or rootstock nurseries and contact them directly.


Thanks again Mark. I appreciate your help.
Best, Ken
PS the picture was the water sprout laden tree that I previously asked about.