[NAFEX] Multi-Graft Pruning Strategy
sherlocksmith at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 08:42:46 EST 2011
This fall I picked and tasted at the "Heirloom Zoo" orchard of Poverty
Lane in NH. They have a couple of hundred Mac and Cortland trees that
they have either top worked or added a single branch of a new variety.
It's a pretty inspiring place, but also a little chaotic, hence the
"Zoo" in the title.
I've been thinking about making some multi-graft trees of my own next
spring for some obscure and borderline hardy fruits here in VT
(medlars, quince, apricots, peaches, sweet cherries, european plums,
asian pears, etc). I see it as a way to save space and to trial new
fruits. I was thinking that open center/vase shaped pruning may be a
tidy way to go. I looked back though my bookshelf and did a quick
search on the web, there are lots of illustrations, but I'm having
trouble finding many photos of trees pruned this way. Do any of you
have any pics of open center trees? Can you prune most any fruit tree
this way (and do folks ever attempt it with kiwis or grapes)? How do
you handle multi-grafts?
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