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Branching Out

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Just checked it was March 12, when I sowed rhubarb seeds. They are just starting to poke up (7 days). Truth be known I was hoping only a few would pop up, but looks like more than a few.
My first rhubarb seeds popped up yesterday too, and like you I am kind of hoping that all 8 seeds don't sprout (but I have a grand plan for them if they do!)
 

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And here I am doing everything in my power to get rid of the blackberries in my yard. They do have thorns. They take over everything! Grow everywhere! Perhaps these domesticated sorts will stay where you put them.
I am fighting THORNED BLACKBERRIES RIGHT NEXT TO MY SOUTH GARAGE FOUNDATION WHERE THEY GET PROTECTION AND LOTS OF SUN!!!!!!





Not like I am bothered by them or anything....
 

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I bark grafted (first ever attempts) two weeks ago. The root stocks are from one of our peach's tree root suckers I let grow last year and dug up. The scionwood I harvested mid February.

No bud breaks yet on the scionwood tip grafts yet but the root stocks are starting to leaf out. These are my first ever bark graft attempts. I really don't know what to expect and how long before I'll know if the grafts took or not. There's is a good sign though, the grafts are not dried out and still flexible. Hoping for bud break soon, then I'll know for sure.

Anyone have a ball park timeframe of when I might expect to see bud break on the grafts?
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Quoting myself...

I bark grafted these peach rootstocks Feb 28. On day 30 I got a bud break on one of the three grafted scionwood. I think that's pretty cool 😎 Thank You Almighty☝️.

The rootstocks leafed heavily. I snipped off a lot of leaf growth from the bottom of the rootstocks so they would focus their energy on healing and budding the graft.

See the little tiny bud break on the peach scionwood bark grafted in. Hopefully the little bud will leaf out and grow a stem. That will become the new tree trunk, bearing the same fruit as my mother inlaws peach trees.
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Apparently, grafting has been around for a very long time. Paul speaks of "graffing" in the book of Romans 11, starting around verse 15 or 16.

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Two more scionwood buds broke today.

Cleft grafted Granny Smith apple MM111 rootstock from Fedco and scionwood self harvested middle of February from our mother orchard.

Whip and tongue grafted Esopus Spitzenburg on MM111 both rootstock and scionwood from Fedco.

My daughter in law grafted these (first time grafting for both of us).

I think this is pretty cool 😎 my daughter in law is excited about it also. Very surprised it's only been 11 days since grafting. Thank You Amighty☝️

Granny Smith
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Esopus Spitzenburg
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I'll move them outside in the next few days.

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I bark grafted (first ever attempts) two weeks ago. The root stocks are from one of our peach's tree root suckers I let grow last year and dug up. The scionwood I harvested mid February.

No bud breaks yet on the scionwood tip grafts yet but the root stocks are starting to leaf out. These are my first ever bark graft attempts. I really don't know what to expect and how long before I'll know if the grafts took or not. There's is a good sign though, the grafts are not dried out and still flexible. Hoping for bud break soon, then I'll know for sure.

Anyone have a ball park timeframe of when I might expect to see bud break on the grafts?
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That is very cool! My parents had an apple tree in their orchard that they had grafted in 5 different apples onto one tree. It was truly amazing and the apples were delicious!
 

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That is very cool! My parents had an apple tree in their orchard that they had grafted in 5 different apples onto one tree. It was truly amazing and the apples were delicious!
I think it's pretty cool but this grafting business is new to me. I have so much to learn. I planted a MM111 apple rootstock air-layer I did last year by the house. So I can try and graft onto it like the one you describe at your parents. I want to try and keep the orchard as true as possible (single variety per rootstock) though.

I have a mature at least one female mulberry that I want to try and clone by air laying and plant a row of them. We enjoy the berries but have to pick them from a ladder. I think I could keep newer tree row manageable by keeping them pruned.

Today I had my first whip and tongue grafted peach break scionwood bud. It broke through the parafilm and treecoat it must have been determined 😂. The top right bud break, is the one that matters since it's on the scionwood. Fedco prunus americana rootstock, self harvested red haven peach scionwood, whip and tongue graft. Looking like more scionwood buds will break higher up from the graft area 👍
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This grafting business is new to me, I don't expect a high rate of success. However it's very nice to see ones that do take and I'm very thankful for them☝️

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Last two mornings I woke to heavy frost but it's looking like tonight will be the last of the heavy frost for the foreseeable forecast anyways. So I'll start harding off the hardies tomorrow evening. If the forecast is wrong (likely) I can always bring them back inside. I just like to leave them out and not have to play the tray shuffle.

You think there is enough seedlings for a 100 foot double row of blackberries? Should I sow more?

Plan is to separate and transplant them when they get bigger into a kiddie pool. Then transplant them in a 100 foot double row when they go dormant this fall. I hope there are enough that grow through summer babysitting and hopefully they wake up the following spring after transplant while dormant. I think I'll run a wire and wire train them. Black and raspberries seem to do well with a wire and it sure makes picking a lot easier.
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I can't afford bareroot black berries for a 100 ft double row, let alone potted ones. But I can afford seeds and a growing season of babysitting them in a kiddie pool.

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