[NAFEX] 2 questions-apples/grapes

david liezen chandos49 at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 19 19:31:13 EDT 2011

Regarding your grafts, I would allow some growth from the rootstock, just to give strength to the scion growth. That's what I read from a number of sources before I began grafting last year.
Last summer I did some chip bud grafts and will keep about 4" of twig growth from my Geneva 30 rootstocks thru the season while the scionwood develops. When they go dormant, I'll trim the rootstock twigs/branches entirely. I will do likewise with some other grafts I've begun and hope to finish this month.
Like everything else, keep an eye on things as the season progresses, you may need to take other action later.
Dave Liezen 
> From: speigletown at hotmail.com
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> Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:22:46 -0400
> Subject: [NAFEX] 2 questions-apples/grapes
> 1) I went to a grafting workshop down in Virginia where we grafted dormant scionwood to dormant rootstock. I put the plants into pots and have them in my enclosed patio. I have noticed that all the rootstocks are just starting to bud and not the scionwood yet. Should I let the rootstock bud and remove them in the fall/winter or should I nick them now?
> 2) Curious what people have used for pollinators for St. Pepin. Any web site that mentions specific pollinators will mention Lacrosse or Swenson Red, in that order of frequency. Has anyone else used different grape varieties for pollination?
> Pocklington grape update - Chateau-Z in Virginia is using Pocklington grapes in their experiments with wild grapes.
> Check the progress on all their trials here: http://www.chateau-z.com/gpage.html
> Mike Engle
> Troy, NY Zone 5 where Spring has only been seen on the side of milk cartons.
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