[nafex] Grafting chestnuts

DocKW at aol.com DocKW at aol.com
Thu Jul 12 18:18:45 EDT 2001


My son has the chestnut "bug" and we are collecting and grafting local 
sprouts to 
american seedlings (purchased from the American Chestnut Foundation nursery)
and this year we got 100% take....about 8 grafts...in the greenhouse.
THis is maybe the hard way to do things, but we potted the seedlings and got 
them into the greenhouse where we budded them. The heat there calloused the 
grafts
very quickly and we were able to force them mostly by pinching the tips of 
the rootstock.
We are going to plant them out in a 10x10 pattern and plan to have about 20 
or so by the time we finish.  If we can get (read that convince) the Ag 
station to give or sell us some of their hypovirulent blight material maybe 
we can actually keep a small amount of our few remaining trees for breeding.
Meantime, we go over our breeding American parent trees with orchard spray 
and they seem to remain free of blight.
Karl Olson   zone 5 Connecticut

 

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