[NAFEX] Stardard Apple Pruning

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Thu Mar 17 12:16:01 EST 2005


I've read that NAA,a rooting hormone, will also prevent, or at least lessen
rootstock suckering if painted at the point where the suckers are removed
from the top of the roots.  Has anyone done this, or perhaps suggest a
concentration?  My NAA is in solution with IBA.  Is it possible to use both?

Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Topgun" <aatopgunaa at mindspring.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Stardard Apple Pruning


> N(Napthalene Acetic Acid) sprayed on the cuts where the suckers were
removed
> should help stop new ones from growing out.
> Topgun
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "tanis grif" <tanisgrif at yahoo.com>
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Stardard Apple Pruning
>
>
> > If you are tired too, tell your father-in-law.  Get him to hire some
young
> kid to
> > continue to prune off the suckers.  (These suckers & knots could have
been
> prevented
> > by summer-pruning, years ago, but probably too late now.  Would be a
> project, to
> > convert...)  If the kid is interested in orcharding, teach him or her
> grafting; get
> > the father-in-law involved in a project of grafting the big old trees
onto
> new
> > rootstocks.  If he sees the benefits of this, he may get the idea
himself
> to remove
> > the old trees.  Everybody wins?
> >
> >
> > --- Thomas Olenio <> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Hello.
> > >
> > > My father inlaw has a mix of dwarf and standard sized apple trees.  At
> age
> > > 78 he relented and allowed me to prune the standard trees.  His knees
> are
> > > bad, and he has no business being on a ladder.
> > >
> > > Anyway, many of the standard trees have knots of suckers in their
> crowns.
> > > The knots having formed from years and yeats of sucker pruning.
> > >
> > > Should these knots be sawn off, or just prune the sucker?
> > >
> > > Sawing off the knot will remove the knot and all of last seasons
suckers
> > > growing from the knot.  However, it is a lot of work to saw them all
> off.
> > > Individual sucker removal is difficult too as the knots make it
> difficult
> > > to get at the base of the suckers.
> > >
> > > Which is the correct approach?
> > >
> > > My approach would be to take down the standards and replace them with
> > > dwarfs. but the trees have sentimental value to my father inlaw.
> > >
> > > I tired right now from wrestling with a standard Macintosh that did
not
> > > bear fruit last year, but put all it's energy into suckers (biennial).
> > > Arrrgggh!
> > >
> > > Any suggestions?
> > >
> > > Later,
> > > Tom
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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