[NAFEX] rubber constrictors

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 1 17:12:56 EST 2003

I have been giving my young orchard its first haircut today - after 3 
orchardist friends gave me their varied pruning opinions, what a great 
feeling. Each tree has been inside a 16" diameter chicken wire cage, 
somehwhat deformed, but they missed deer depradation until I could get up a 
fence. I was pruning my one prize 4' high Ure pear (on ussuriensis) and it 
broke off at the graft, almost effortlessly. Not a happy moment! Sure 
enough, there was a single remnant of rubber band completely encircling the 
graft. Lesson learned, now I have lots of Ure scionwood to play with, Del

Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3

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