Good question. I grafted on existing trees or sprouts. I guess you might
say that I own a plum thicket. I have an area where, in the early 80s, I
remember planting 3 Prunus besseyi plants and a Red Diamond Cherry Plum.
(I was young and foolish back then.) The Red Diamond was never hardy
enough. It only produced a few fruits on low branches that got covered
by snow. The fruit was nothing special anyway. The P besseyi never
fruited, in part because I changed my mind and grafted them over to 3
hardy plum cultivars. Toka, Pipestone, and I don't recall the 3rd one.
They all fruited but besseyi is known to not live real long and they
When the Red Diamond died, plum shoots started popping up here and
there. I believe these sprouts are Prunus Americana. I have 4 or 5
mature trees that I grafted on these random sprouts. Some of my grafts
last year were on these sprouts. I grafted Toka high in another tree in
the group. Wanetta, I think. I still have one area where besseyi sprouts
up. The biggest one did make 3 little fruits last summer. Little
yelloish things. Not much flavor. I grafted one of the failed grafts on
I was doing a little pruning in the plums this evening and I came across
a failed graft that I forgot about. Scion wood that seemed good when I
grafted it. So I wasn't 100% with the good plum scion wood after all.
Close, but not quite.
Looks like you are into plum grafting much heavier than me. My only success
was grafting a NY1502 onto my Stanley Plum. It's a great tasting plum and
quite contrast to the purple Stanley plums. The graft has grown quite
after about 6 years and I am getting a fair amount of fruit from it.
First tree , a Moorhead Apricot, in my yard to start to blossom out. I
had any apricots for two seasons now, It's about due to give fruit.
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