[NAFEX] Grafting Question

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Sun Apr 23 20:04:09 EDT 2006

I've seen the same.  It's fairly common in old Massachusetts  
plantings to see the top much larger than the base of a tree - I've  
seen it in the Boston Public Gardens, as well as other places.  I've  
also seen small tops on large bases.  It's obviously better to graft  
plants that have similar growth habits, but my advice would be to  
leave the tree alone, or possibly provide some mechanical support (a  
sturdy stake, for instance) to help prevent the large top from  
breaking off the rootstock.  I doubt the plants are in any immediate  
danger from this mismatch.


On Apr 23, 2006, at 9:49 AM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> I've seen a number of old trees in which the top was noticeably  
> larger than the rootstock.  I've never seen it harm the scion  
> variety.  The overgrowth looks odd, but it doesn't seem to be harmful.
> -Lon Rombough
> Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at http:// 
> www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best  
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> On Apr 23, 2006, at 4:56 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
>    A few of my plum grafts, that I have performed ten years ago, have
> problems.  The diameter of the top is growing faster than the  
> diameter of
> the rootstock.  It appears as though it will soon choke itself  
> off.  If
> these were your trees, what would you do to prolong their life?
> -- 
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