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    finglas is offline Seedling
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    Thanks again nick. Sounds great. I have bought an opinel number 6 i think. Blade is just under 3 inches and ive taken the locking mechanism off so it's legal to carry in the UK. Not that im carrying it but im moving between my parents gardens etc.

    I have also dug some beech saplings up and was going to try grafting on them too, just for angling the cuts as you suggest.

    It never rai s it pours, im a total novice as you can see haha, but my understanding is that you want to graft when the sap is rising in the trees. So id imagine its early spring. I would imagine where i am its maybe going to be later in march?

    Thanks again all

    Jamie

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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    Apologies for interrupting the thread but if the rootstock is outside in the form of an existing tree when would be the best time to graft scions on ? , mine are in the fridge at present
    As finglas says when the sap starts rising You'll notice the buds in the existing trees start to swell.

    Ideally you want to put a dormant scion on a just woken up branch so it quickly flows from old to new. Graft too early and you'll have 2 dormant items sitting doing nothing which could dry either or both out.

    I have bought an opinel number 6 i think. Blade is just under 3 inches and ive taken the locking mechanism off so it's legal to carry in the UK
    It really is getting silly now. I have a No. 6 but couldn't keep it sharp enough and use a 1/2 inch snap off utility knife those cheap plastic things, but a 'Stanley' knife would also do.
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    Thank you for the replies, will wait as you say till buds swell, suits me as more light in evenings and less disease risk when cutting
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    Sounds like great advice again. Can't wait to givr it a go. Im hoping to eventually espalier some of the trees and make a fence (for lack of a better word) of apples along the driveway. It gets sun most of the day so fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by finglas View Post
    Im hoping to eventually espalier some of the trees and make a fence (for lack of a better word) of apples along the driveway.
    Sounds like a plan. I divide my veggie section of the garden up with espaliers in a U shape, the 2 side in apples and the bottom in pears. I tend to fill the U up with cordons every other year too but you never know when a better apple might appear.

    Tell us some more (about 15 posts more) about the varieties you have chosen and the space you have.

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