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  • From: "Ward Barnes" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Bumbling Amateurs
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 16:40:18 GMT

>From: Ginda Fisher <>
>Subject: [nafex] Bumbling Amateurs
>Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 23:29:57 -0400
>Ward, as an amateur with more fruit-tree ambitions than space to plant,
>and a local mega-box store that sometimes sells trees, I'm curious:
>How could you tell they were bare root put in a pot (without taking them
>out, that is)?
>What's wrong with redwood mulch? Is there a problem with wood-chip
>mulch in general?
>How could you tell the rootstock was standard? Given that the name and
>the description disagreed, why did you chose to trust the name? (Of
>course, if it was planted several inches below the graft, I guess the
>rootstock won't matter all that much.)
>Ginda Fisher
>zone 6
>Raspberries coming in nicely this year :)

Glad your raspberries are coming in. I planted a number this year that
after several weeks of pampering turned up their toes and died. All except
one that is. I left it in its pot under the eves of the house which is
heavily shaded by tall pine trees. It took root right through the bottom of
the pot and has produced several handfuls of nice red raspberries.

As to your questions.

I lifted one tree by the base in an attempt to look at others behind it and
it easily came loose from the pot with very little soil adhering to it and
what soil was there was different from the the soil left in the pot.
While there is nothing wrong with bare root (I have always purchased my
trees as bare root) it was advertised as "pot grown".

I don't know that there is anything wrong with redwood mulch around fruit
trees. I just found it odd and out of place and would not be something that
I would have done. I have read that placing mulch around fruit trees
provide a hiding place for apple voles which love eating the roots. I have
not had this problem in my orchard.

As far as not trusting the name on the plant tag I don't think I even
considered it as being incorrect. However, I did research the rootstock
that was on the tag and I found 8 different rootstocks that had that name
followed by a second name (I didn't write down the names so I don't remember
what they were, however, none were identified as dwarfing).

If the store had extended the courtesy of replying to my letter I would
still shop there as they generally have good prices.


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  • Re: [nafex] Bumbling Amateurs, Ward Barnes, 09/30/2000

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