[NAFEX] Top working older trees
tatum.stewart at tvgenvironmental.com
Mon Nov 3 17:04:50 EST 2008
I have a small orchard in Ashland City, Tn, about 20 miles northwest of Nashville, Tn. I have a block of 50 red delicious trees on what I think is M7 root stock. Trees are about 20 to 25 years old, and had not been trained well. I began restoritive pruning 6 years ago and now have most of the (220 trees)orchard in production. I do not like red delicious, and they do not sell as well as my other varieties. So I am thinking about top-working these trees with some specialty varieties. Does anyone have experience with this type of grafting? My trees range from 13-17 ft tall. Are they too large top work? Would I graft the entire tree, leave one nurse branch, or only graft half the tree?
BTW: MY gold delicious are outstanding! They are nothing like a grocery store apple. They are large, at least 1/2 pound each, thin skinned, crisp, syrupy sweet, with a spicy twang. I sold out (30 bu) at the Nashville Farmers Market in one day! I did have to convince people to try them first, as most had the usual impression of store bought golds.
Thanks for any help
Ashland City, Tn
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