peach tree grafting with buds?

Asked March 2, 2016, 4:19 PM EST

Can you graft a peach tree by placing a flowering bud or two under the bark of a mature peach tree? If so, what is the success? Any special procedures for this? Thanks, Jim Cook

Yavapai County Arizona fruit trees grafting horticulture

1 Response

Dear Jim,

Thank you for putting forward your question and I'll do my best to answer it for you. Grafting success requires the buds (scions) to be dormant. To do this, bud wood is collected in January or February If they are active, there is little hope of grafting success. There are many special procedures that should be followed and it is best if an experienced grafter can demonstrate this to you. Unfortunately, I do not have time or resources currently to teach this skill. I have attached links to publications which may assist you in learning grafting. In the future, please contact one of our offices directly:

Yavapai County - Prescott
840 Rodeo Dr Bldg C
Prescott AZ 86305-2318
Phone: 928-445-6590
Fax: 928-445-6593
Yavapai County - Verde Valley
2830 N Commonwealth Dr Suite 103
Camp Verde AZ 86322
Phone: 928-554-8999
Fax: 928-554-8996
See map: Google Maps (link is external)

University of Missouri Grafting Publication
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6971

Oregon, Washington, and Idaho Grafting Publication
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/sites/default/files/propagation.pdf

Regards, Jeff Schalau