[NAFEX] Let new grafts set fruit?

Rodney Eveland reveland at collinscom.net
Thu Apr 28 23:25:37 EDT 2005

I would suspect that breakage is the greatest danger.  At best I would
pick all but one or two of the pears on the grafted sections while
they are still young and probably the last one or two before they got
bigger than 2/3 size of a tennis ball.  Life is a gamble,  and their
weight combined with a possible strong wind could cause serious loss.
However if you don't leave some on you may never know how strong the
grafts are. In the interest of science you might leave one fruit on
the first graft, two on the second and so on, and then let us know
which ones survived and which ones didn't. Also note the varieties,
size of union, growth conditions, etc.etc. I let an apple tree keep
it's fruit the first year and it ended up severely bent over before I
was able to rescue it,  and it has never produced well ever since. I
think it doesn't like me anymore.  Rodney Eveland in Northeast Wy.
where the weatherman says it may get down to 19 degrees Saturday.
Lucky for me none of my cherries are blooming, but unlucky for the
pears and plums which are.

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