Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

Suzi AKA DesertDanceMarch 17, 2014

We have an older Anna Apple on our property that is loaded with apples. We loved those apples so much last year that we bought a new one bare root and planted it. The little fence around it is a gopher basket to protect it from the many critters here.

It shows no signs of life yet except for this small leafing shoot near the graft. It's hard to tell if it's coming from below or above the graft.

What do you think?

Thanks!

Suzi

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ltilton

Below. Looks like a sucker, to me.

Also, it looks like your tree was planted too high, I see exposed roots. You might add more soil.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 7:30PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

We will remove the sucker today and add more soil.

Thanks so much!

Suzi

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:58AM
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Fascist_Nation(9b)

I wouldn't add much more soil. That is right at the root flare. Having some roots on the surface is OK and even desirable. But having too much space for air to get under may not be so good.

My freaking Anna never lost all its leaves, and still hasn't come out of dormancy either. She'd better hurry up and get some canopy going...its getting pretty warm out there...the loquots were drooping yesterday afternoon. Speaking of which you might want to get that trunk painted white in 9b.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:13PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Good advice about the white latex! We'll get on it.

Our Anna never lost any leaves either. Then she bloomed and now she's loaded with blooms and apples.

The new baby must have been in cold storage. Could take some time for the bare root to wake up.

Thanks!

Suzi

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:34PM
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