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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:07 am

This has been an interesting project. Last year Sean sent me a number of scions from his extensive collection of rare apple trees. I had only done grafting once before. So it was a bit of a learning curve for me. I had twenty scions to graft onto various parent trees. I picked out the low performers and after a while everyone had taken! Very pleased. I used two types of graft. Whip and tongue and cleft. I was amazed at the amount of growth that came from the grafts to such a point that I was wondering if I should prune them back a bit. I could imagine some great crow landing on then and they would break off. I dont yet know how long the grafting tape should be left on but I have noticed some of the grafts are starting to burst out. I do have a problem with one tree and that was one bought from Lidl last year, Despite continued watering the tree looks like it may not survive. This has been a great exercise. Thanks for your help Sean. Very Happy

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:44 pm

You're welcome Wayland. Glad they went well.

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Post by cristy on Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:10 am

So grafting time is approaching. Feeling more confident after last years successes I have a number of scions to graft. Worcester permain, Kids orange red, Adams hanging permain, and James Grieve. Sean. Would you let last years grafts fruit this year?

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:18 am

Yes Cristy, if they've taken well you could let them fruit,  but I'm more inclined to prune them back by about a third to strengthen them and encourage branching. If you get long growth from a scion and are fearful of it getting broken or wind- damaged, you can always prune it back - or strap a stick to it and the parent stock as a sort of temporary splint. Good luck with the grafting - I'm going at it myself (as soon as Cheltenham is over!)

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Post by cristy on Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:51 am

All done. There is one interesting problem I may have. One tree which I have never had any fruit till hopefully now might have been a pear!. Lost the label but I am sure it was an apple Shocked . So if it was a pear would it take apple grafts?

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:57 pm

No, not a chance. Apples and pears won't join. Pity you didn't think of it earlier - I could have sent you a few scions of a self-fertile pear. Too late now - it's in full blossom. Not to worry - always next year!

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Post by cristy on Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:46 pm

Indeed. I am quite sure it was an apple. I think!!. If not I will take you up on your offer mate. Cheers.

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