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  • Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:16:30 GMT


I forgot to mention that if there is still even a little strip of bark connecting top and bottom--if the top hasn't completely separated- then you could prune the heck out of the top and try splinting it back together.  One hard-won graft (only one out of three of that variety took) of my husband's broke during the growing season and he was ready to tear it off in disgust but I splinted it, wrapped it well, breathed a little prayer to the tree gods and by golly it recovered. 

Muffy Barrett

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We've just suffered a period of severe winds up here in Quebec, which happened to bring an old maple tree down right on top of my 2 year old Belle de Boskoop!
While being totally bummed out about it, I'm trying to think if anything can be done.  Basically it broke off right above the root graft. Do you think there's any chance of it growing back? I'm not in any hurry to dig it up so I'll leave it there and see what happens.
However I do have the whip with it's small branches, and I was thinking, could it be worth trying to graft a part of it on to my other apple whip? I have never done this before so I don't really know what I'm doing. I don't want to damage the other tree (better to replace one than two), and I'm not sure this is a good time, being that it's still winter. Could I cut off a part of the damaged tree and keep it refrigerated until the time is right?  Can you even graft to a 2-year old tree successfully?
Any advice appreciated.
Yours ignorantly,
Caren Kirk
St Jerome, QC

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