[NAFEX] Asian pear frost damage, pokeweed, and grafting
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Sat May 24 17:44:38 EDT 2008
On May 24, 2008, at 7:03 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> How is it that the subject of poke-weed, a definite non-fruit, has
> excited members to such numerous response and there was not a
> single reply to my question about Asian pear frost hardiness? I
> know a lot of you grow this fruit and I'm wondering if any of you
> has some ballpark figure for its' relative spring frost hardiness.
My guess is that no one has a good answer for you. I often get no
replies to a very specific question, and I've noticed the same when
others ask specific questions.
Whereas lots of posters have experience (one way or another) with
poke weed. Personally, I find it a scary-looking weed and remove it
when I find it. Then I wash my hands.
Except for my red currants, most of the garden is looking good this
spring. All of my spring apple grafts took. This year I tied the
twigs in place with grafting rubber (similar to a cut rubber band,
came in a kit with a knife and some grafting compound that I bought
when I first tried grafting.) and then covered them with a little
I've tried using nothing but parafilm in the past, and gotten very
poor success. It doesn't hold twigs firmly enough, I think. I had
poor success with T-budding, too, but have no guess at my problem
there. I've had decent success with other stuff to cover the graft
when I tied the twigs with rubbers, but I've never used anything else
that was as easy to handle and as successful as the parafilm. I find
wax and grafting compounds very hard to handle, and I've had poor
success with masking tape and similar. Probably the next best thing
I tried was strips of stretchy plastic bags. The parafilm wasn't
cheap, but the amount I bought will probably last the rest of my
life, so I expect I'll keep using it.
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