Sometimes things go “almost” exactly as planned
Blossoms on grafted cuttings are very unusual in the first year. Usually a grafted tree will grow a stem in the first year, branches in the second year, then blossom and bear fruit in year three or four. I’m not sure what happened here, but it makes for a curious photograph.
Most of the other 40 apples and 5 pear trees I grafted this year have a more conventional appearance. That is, they are either alive or dead. Below, scion-wood from the apple variety “Akane” was double whip-and-tongue grafted onto M9 rootstock.
The whip-and-tongue graft has been quite successful for me. A strong union is formed over the first year, allowing the grower to handle the young trees (re-potting, planting etc) without worrying about breaking the graft. Below, this “King of Tompkins County” apple is pictured one year after grafting, with the paraffin tape removed.
About 80% of this spring’s grafts were successful. That leaves me with plenty of trees, but sadly missing some of the varieties I had hoped to cultivate. Perhaps a trade is in order…next spring I will have yearling apple trees available (all my varieties are good) if anyone can provide me with cider apple and perry-pear scion wood.