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    I've got a couple of failures this year already. The plums (no surprise there I've never managed to get one to take), 1 pear looks unhappy and at least 2 apples. Looking at them I'd say it was poor scion quality rather than my fat grafting fingers. I'll grab some pictures later today.

    Quote Originally Posted by boundtothesoil View Post
    And as flynch says, you can salvage the rootstock from a failed graft without any bother
    Unless you've made a complete hash of it, having already tried 3 times to on the same root stock with saddle, cleft grafts and then a chip bud, then they tend to give up

    Maybe a browser issue, perhaps its because the image is too wide for the forum.
    You've linked them in your dropbox which needs to be logged in to view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lardman View Post
    You've linked them in your dropbox which needs to be logged in to view.
    Ah sorry about that, ok I've uploaded them again here to Imgur.




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    Some of those look dry. You need to look for the cambium (the nice green bit) on both the rootstock and scion and line them up before sealing. Sorry if I am stating the obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Some of those look dry. You need to look for the cambium (the nice green bit) on both the rootstock and scion and line them up before sealing. Sorry if I am stating the obvious.
    Yeah I did this when sealing them with wax. They were all as lined up as I could get. Maybe I am thinking I had the wax too hot or something, maybe that caused the cambium to be damaged somewhat.

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    Apple : Ellisons Orange Cleft Graft. I wasn't sure about the scion when it came in but grafted it anyway, but you can see it's gone orange and very dead and not just dry.

    Have My Grafts Failed?-e_orange_failure.jpg

    Plum : Warwickshire Drooper. This looked very dry when it arrived but I cut it back to live wood. Looking at the colouring and shrinkage it doesn't look like the graft has taken, I'm still holding out hope though for the first 2 buds.

    Have My Grafts Failed?-war_drooper_failure.jpg

    It's not entirely clear from your pictures but if that's the scion in the foreground it looks to me you may have grafted it upside down?
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    Hi, I'd say it's more to do with when you did it, February is far too early, the sap needs to be rising. I'm doing mine this weekend, bit too late but worth a go due to cold spring, I'm half way up north!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lookbettertomorow View Post
    Hi, I'd say it's more to do with when you did it, February is far too early, the sap needs to be rising. I'm doing mine this weekend, bit too late but worth a go due to cold spring, I'm half way up north!
    Not meaning to be controversial but.......

    I always thought cold wasn't an issue as long as they don't dry out. The last couple of years I have done mine the early part of Feb and had good results with apples.
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    Hi, can never argue with good results!

    It's just that if root stock still dormant more opportunity for the join to dry out, damp get in and fungus,bird perch on it, me knock it off .....

    Whereas if it's actually growing and the cambians are good and moist with the necessary its going to be job on from day one. Hopefully. My scions are still in the fridge, just moved house (yes, brought fridge with me) haven't looked at them all winter. Like I said probably couple of weeks too later. Frosts next week
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