New grafted tree growing buds not branches.

pinc06(6b)May 18, 2013

I'm new to grafting this year but so far it looks like I've had good success rates. All my whip and tongue grafts are growing, cleft grafts are lagging but still seem alive. The tree in question is a cutting from a Granny Smith apple that has struggled for years without producing for me. I now know that my pruning held it back, but in order to get rid of wooly apple aphids I grafted a nice scion onto Geneva 222 rootstock (wooly apple resistant, semidwf size), It took quickly, but now the new growth has turned in flower buds. I'm guessing I need to let it be as I don't want to take off the only source of gathering sunlight to turn into food, but those flower buds are throwing me for a loop. Is this normal?

Thank you to all the experienced grafters out there who helped me have the courage to even try this. I'm hooked and will keep doing more.

Pam in cinti

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

I normally wait until it is tight cluster with some small leaves come out then pinch of all the flowering buds. You want all the energy going to the scion growth.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 1:57PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


This post was edited by tonytran on Sat, May 18, 13 at 14:01

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 1:58PM
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Thanks Tony

I'm new to apples and wasn't sure what would happen, but what you say makes sense to me. Tree is only 14" high including rootstock, so I know flowering would suck the life right out of it.

Pam in cinti

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:02PM
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