[NAFEX] Nurse limbs.
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon May 30 09:39:14 EDT 2005
Jerry is right about persimmons. I was thinking of apples at the time
I wrote that. My experience with persimmons is the same as his. Even
on apples, it's a good idea to keep the nurse limb pruned back.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On May 30, 2005, at 6:35 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 5/29/2005 5:43:25 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
lonrom at hevanet.com writes:
> One other thing that can help - leave a few "nurse" limbs near the
> graft if possible. It seems to help draw energy to the grafts. Cut
> the nurse limbs off in the winter after the grafts go, though.
My experiences grafting persimmon differ form Lon's. I've been doing
both, with and w/o nurse limbs for many years. My conclusion is nurse
limbs can defer nutrition from the graft to the nurse limb. Last year I
grafted about 8 trees 4 to 6 inches in diameter and about half with
nurse limbs. There was on the average considerably less growth on the
trees with nurse limbs.
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