[NAFEX] Cherry graft

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Mon May 14 15:01:00 EDT 2007


Hi Jerry,

Well, this is a little embarrassing, but I think I may know part of the reason the grafted buds are growing so slowly.  They're not vegetative buds.  They're going to flower.  A few days ago I thought they looked a little like they were going to open into a cluster, but I dismissed it because I was certain I grafted vegetative buds.  Last summer when I grafted the buds, I'm positive I took them from current season's growth.  I'm not a horticulturist, but at least I can tell current growth from year old wood.  

I don't get how cherry fruiting buds can form on last seasons growth.  I thought it took two years for cherry fruit buds.  What is stranger is that this is way past the season for any prunus to flower.  But maybe it's because I forced the buds by cutting the trunk off.  Maybe the weird weather this spring had something to do with it as well.  There is a blueberry-you-pick south of us.  They've been in business 28 years and this is the first year they will not have blueberries.  Definitely not normal.

Mark  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jerry
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 10:28 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Cherry graft


  Hi Mark,

  I'd like to see others weigh in on this.

  How vigorus is the tree the scion was cut from? 

  There is an incompatibility problem with some cherry understock when the scion has certain viruses. 

  I'd think you should keep rubbing off the shoots of the understock, force acceptance or kill it. 

  Jerry


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