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  • From: Devin Smith <>
  • To: Mailing List at Ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: [nafex] m-26 interstems precocious
  • Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 00:39:58 +0000 (UTC)

I'm happy to report that the droves of m-26 interstem grafts I did on hapless
seedling whips growing around the property were successful and they are
definitely precocious- nearly half of them are showing pink and set to
flower, not bad for last years graft! The rootstock varied in size from 1/4"
to 3/8", and grew well despite no watering or mulch. I did both grafts
(interstem and variety) at the same time and had near 100% success. I kept
the interstem short so that bur knots are too bad. With the number of wild
seedling trees that I have to choose from, I don't think I'll ever plant an
apple tree again. -Devin

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