I have a couple of trees from Woodbridge on the M26 rootstock. They have stayed fairly small and low, but they are against an east facing fence, so only get half a day of sun. I have espaliered trees on MM106, which are doing pretty well and are not too vigorous with most heritage varieties.
I’ve been led to believe that the rootstocks…[Read more]
Is it being shonky to out-shonk the shonks?
My advice would be to ‘let sleeping dogs lie’. Unless a neighbour complains or you bring it to councils attention yourself you won’t have a problem.
Of course that doesn’t address your problem with fitting your solar, but perhaps there is another way?
For those people thinking of grafting deciduous fruit trees, now is the time to collect your scion wood.
Pick wood that has grown this year, and keep it in the fridge in a plastic bag. Leave it there until the trees you want to graft onto are just starting to show some life in spring.
My trees have only just lost their leaves (southern coastal Adelaide). I will be pruning in the next couple of weeks.
On my block in the Clare valley I have about 90 fruit trees, and planting another 20 this year. So this time of year is busy for me!
Most of my trees were either planted last year or the year before, so I have a lot of training…[Read more]
bushy post=326470 wrote: It is an interesting thing to do, grow a seedling, and sometimes they have lovely fruit but if you have a small backyard its an area tied up for a long time with no production.
I agree 100%. If you need guaranteed fruit then grow your seedlings and graft or bud them to a known variety. Get on You Tube and learn how in a…[Read more]
With regards to what wood to take for scions, you generally want new wood for apple, pear or stone fruits.
I try and collect wood in July, keep it in the fridge in a plastic bag and then graft in August. In my experience, grafts work best with dormant scions on rootstocks that are just starting to wake up for spring.
Your mileage may vary!
I went to the main event on the Tuesday night at Burnside. I’ve been a member for a few years. It’s a great way to collect heritage fruit varieties at a cheap price.
I grafted a few last year, thanks to scions from LadyB. (Thanks again!) Unfortunately they didn’t all take, but I have the following cider varieties:
[li]Cimitiere du Pays[/li]
PM me if you would like any scions, I just ask that you send a pre-paid post bag, as I do myself when I get…[Read more]
I’ve made a video showing the bench-grafts I’ve made this winter. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBNjSCMY1ow
There are about 70 trees all up, approximately 50 pear/nashi and 20 apple. Many thanks to LadyB and the SA Rare Fruit society for providing scions.
I’ve found some info on the NSW dept primary industries website, which says that D6 pear rootstocks (Pyrus calleryana, which I have ordered) are good for european pears (Pyrus communis), nashis (Pyrus pyrifolia) and ornamental flowering pears (various Pyrus species).
For those interested (probably no one!) I went to the SA Rare Fruit society meeting last night and picked up the following varieties of budwood:
Beauty Of Bath
Tydeman’s Early Worcester
thats not good to hear….:|
I have never been, but thats really not encouraging….
The Rare Fruit Society SA has a wealth of knowledge and resources, so don’t let me put anyone off.
I got a few sticks last year and all grafts took well. I think the budwood they sold was $1 a stick (pencil sized) and plastic wrapped and…[Read more]
i don’t have any, but have you contacted the rare fruit society? they have regular meetings and swaps.
Yes, I’m a member, and I’ll certainly be going to see what I can pick up there.
I went last year to the Burnside meeting and the trading tables were absolute chaos! I walked out in disgust at the pushy…[Read more]
Balhannah Nursery has retailers in the easern suburbs, see: http://www.balhannahnurseries.com.au/wheretobuy.php#2.
Thanks for the replies.
The wood I’ve managed to collect isn’t as good as I originally thought it would be. It is a bit thin to be cutting buds from and although still green it has browned off a bit.
I will try some cleft grafts on to my mandarin and also try striking cuttings. I’ll let you all know how it goes.
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