Collection scion wood for grafting apple trees in Oakland county

Asked October 10, 2017, 5:10 PM EDT

I am planning on collecting some apple scion for grafting wood soon, but I am not sure when to do it. When is the best time to do it, and if I do it in October or early November, do you think that the wood would be viable in the spring for grafting?

Oakland County Michigan fruit trees grafting grafting fruit trees

1 Response

Too early. The scion should have completed chilling to overcome the winter dormancy. The best time would be late January or early February. Storage is usually in the ground in a plastic bag. Don't store them in your refrigerator as the ethylene from ripening apples and other fruit will damage the buds.
Here is a link to information on grafting from Minnesota.
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/grafting-and-budding-fruit-trees/#how-to-coll....
I notice they suggest November to collect scion wood. buried in the ground you would probably get enough chilling hours to complete dormancy