Grafting time again

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8 years 10 months ago #39822 by Edenview
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I want to graft another apple tree this spring. I'm wondering if anyone wants to swap or sell some scions? I'd really like some quince. Plus am after good keepers, or anything really!

I can pm a list of what I have to swap if anyone is interested.

I'm also slowly pruning the gooseberries, late as usual if any one wants cuttings sing out.

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8 years 10 months ago #508902 by muri
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I have quince and a few varieties of apple if you want - monty's suprise and granny smith, am not looking for swaps but you are welcome to them if you cant get them any closer to you. All my apples are still in leaf so it would be a few weeks before i would be taking cuttings off them

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8 years 10 months ago #508958 by Edenview
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Thanks muri, I'll pm you if I can't find some closer. My sister up dargaville way has one but I thought the climate would just be to different for it, but who knows...

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8 years 10 months ago #508975 by llvonn
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What variety of gooseberries?

1 Border Terrier, 5 hens, 5 chicks, an orchard and vege garden. All on 350 square metres.

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8 years 10 months ago #508982 by Edenview
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Well there are prickly ones, very prickly ones and super prickly ones!;) I'm afraid I have just scavenged them from all over so no idea of type. Some are probably modern as they came from a newish garden. One has huge yellow/green fruit, bigger and more oval than the new type, it came from the rd side at Tairei Mouth by the ruins of an old cottage. There is another from the gold fields at Lawerance, but I have found it gets mould, is very prickly and the fruit is average. I have a few from up the Nevis, but they are yet to fruit.

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8 years 10 months ago #508999 by RichardW
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Edenview- ive found that Gooseberries get mould here if they are mulched,i now have them in the long grass of the orchard where they do really well,the ones you gave me are doing well out there.
Did you want some cuttings off some of my outstanding roadside apples ive picked up over the years.

Running superfine Merino's for 15 years drench free and seed grower, sold through www.sentinelsgroup.co.nz/


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8 years 10 months ago #509002 by Edenview
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Yes I remember you saying that. This one is just in a garden, has no real care but I think the problem is its so darn prickly I haven't been brave enough to prune it so its a dense bush I shall have to get some industrial strength gloves and get to work!

Some of those apples sound good. I have my favourite rd side one grafted, got the first apples this year, 3 years after grading. I'll pm you Richard.

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8 years 10 months ago #509040 by llvonn
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I would be interested in some of the older varieties. It is always good to keep those alive.

I'm also waiting for the SCES scion list to come out. I'm hoping they have some varieties I want on there.

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8 years 10 months ago #510015 by kangarou
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Do you love pornici instead of this one

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8 years 9 months ago #510155 by Name123
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All my grafts from the last year failed. I used electrical tape and unfortunately, it didn't seal too well.

I've still got some of Edenview's gooseberry cuttings in pots rooting, but unfortunately a few of them died, and the tags have disappeared from the rest or the marker/pencil has faded, so they're mostly anonymous. I now cut up segments of soft drink cans (advice from here) and engrave them, and that problem won't be happening again.

There's a Smyrna quince you're welcome to cuttings from. Bought from Southern Woods several years ago, it's never fruited.

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8 years 9 months ago #510170 by Edenview
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Yes I had similar problem about half my grafts failed,I usually use electrical tape but the last roll was rubbish! Didn't stick well.

I use the tops off my preserving jars after they have been used, as lables, nail a hole and the them on. Eventually the writing fades and I have to remember to do it again before its to late.

Thanks for the offer of the quince. I think I have found some at the house I am looking after while owners are away, sure they won't mind a few twigs going....

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8 years 9 months ago #510171 by llvonn
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Name123;517049 wrote: All my grafts from the last year failed. I used electrical tape and unfortunately, it didn't seal too well.

It's worth investing in the correct tape. There are two different types. One can be left on the graft and will eventually come off on its own. You stretch it out before applying it. The other needs to be removed manually after the graft has healed.

Alternatively you can just use a good clay. That's what they did in the old days. www.sces.org.nz/pmwiki.php/Content/Grafting

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8 years 9 months ago #510172 by Name123
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Where can one get the correct tape? The one that comes off on it's own?

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8 years 9 months ago #510186 by Edenview
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I bought some off TM have yet to test it, seems very stretchy.

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8 years 9 months ago #510191 by meganp
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Name123, I attended a grafting demonstration last spring and Ben Elms who conducted it recommended using Buddy tape which is very stretchy and biodegradable. Contact your local tree crops association and see if they can suggest where to buy it.

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