[nafex] Grafting - nurse limbs and apical dominance

Louis Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Apr 19 18:18:33 EDT 2015

After years of fighting with persimmons, I don't want any side branches
with buds higher than the graft union.  I'll usually just break 'em over -
leaving them attached - at some point so that any buds on the 'sap-drawer'
are lower than the graft.

YMMV.  Apples/pears probably not so ornery as Diospyros...


On Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net>

> I am grafting to apple and pear rootstock suckers. The original grafted
> trees are gone. Last year I stripped off growth on the shoots arising below
> the graft, but had no takes. This year, I selected suckers with side shoots
> which I left to use as nurse limbs in the hope that increased shoot vigor
> would give me better results.
> Question- some of the nurse limb apices are higher than the apical shoot
> of the graft. I have only found one source that suggests that one does not
> prune the nurse limb until the graft takes. But I am afraid that the apical
> dominance effect of the nurse limb will prevent my grafts from taking. My
> only thought is to 'split the difference' - to tie nurse limbs down
> horizontally.
> Does anyone have experience with this issue?
> Betsy Hilborn
> 7a NC
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