Grafting Oak Trees

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  1. mattpatt

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    You want last years growth. You can tell the difference as the bark will look different from the older bark. Cut them wrap in moist paper towel and refrigerate them. If you mail them as soon as you harvest them don't worry about dipping the cut ends in wax. I can do that when I get them. Just make sure they stay moist.

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    I made a short video showing what to harvest.



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    I scoped out so small oaks I'm gonna try to bark graft today. When will you guys try your grafts? I think I'm gonna wait until it's consistently in the 70s I believe oaks will be like hickory or pecans temp wise. That's just a guess I know they say walnuts need warmer temps than that.
     
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    I noticed the buds are swelling on the water oak tree in my front yard today.


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  5. Merle Hawggard

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    I'm going to wait till they are pushing leaves out a bit and try.
    I did go and cut the top out of the white oak I t-budded Swamp chestnut oak to last aug. The bud appears plump and healthy so I have renewed hope in it.

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    My dwarf chinkapin oak scions came in today. Hoping I can get some of these to take out in the field and bench grafted onto bur oaks bare roots. I think I'm a month to month and a half out from bark grafting.
     
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    So I had everybody in the family get sick and then had to go out of town so I never got a chance to go get some scions for Matt. When I came back in town I figured I was too late because everything seems to be budding out already. But when I went to go check the oaks I didn't see any green at all, so based on the video Matt posted above I made some cuttings:
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    Think these will work?
     
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    This is a dwarf chinkapin oak that I grafted onto a chinkapin oak. I'm hoping that this will produce a larger tree that produces acorns quickly. This tree was leaning severely so I won't have lost anything. I made this bark graft a couple weeks ago which may have been a little early because they bark wasn't slipping very well. I made a small scrap on these this weekend and they are still green so I'm hopeful they will push growth soon.
     
  10. Merle Hawggard

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    Good luck with them! I forgot to cut my oak scions so I'll play with t budding again or try next year. I do have a few pecans grafted I'm hoping to see growth on soon.

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  11. Nebraskaz71

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    Figured I would bump this up, i got a couple "heritage oaks" this year which are english/bur hybrids and they are grafted, i noticed a lot of the trees at local nursery are grafted but everyone is a variety of white oak from what i've seen. Guess it is possible.
     
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    Merle you ever get a chance to check back on your t bud?
     
  13. Merle Hawggard

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    I don't think it took. I looked earlier this year and had no growth from the bud.
    I'm planning on trying to bark graft it this spring.

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    The short answer on grafting from oak guy, Guy Sternberg,

    "As Paul Ryan said about health care "reform", it's HARD! You need such exact timing and climate control that you won't be able to do it without the right greenhouse, a lot of experience, and maybe a hot pipe."
     
  15. Merle Hawggard

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    Shedder, I do think I was off on the timing, the bark didn't slip well when I put the buds in last year.
    I don't believe bark grafting will be that difficult, though I may find out otherwise based on the results next year.
    I have an old copy of J Russell Smith's "Tree Crops a permanent Agriculture " and they were field grafting oaks in the field with just waxed muslin. Hopefully I can pull this off if they can lol!

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    I attempted top working a leaning chinkapin oak with dco using a bark graft and it didn't take. I think I was too early this year that early warm up we had here made me start earlier than normal. I like the idea of t budding though so I may try both next year.
     

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