Keep roostock leaves initially to gather energy for top grafts?

armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)May 8, 2014

Hey all,

I have some apples and quinces that I grafted this year on to rootstock I bought from RainTree. Also chip-budded a few USDA quince varieties on the same Raintree quince rootstock that I whip and tongued grafted to.

Many of my grafts and buddings look good and started to slightly bud out on the top grafted portion.
The bottom rootstock portion budded out much earlier and small leaves and small .5-1" branches are starting to form on them...

My question is...
Is it good to keep a few leaves/branches on the rootstock to give energy to the top portion during this time period?
or is it better to clip off all the rootstock buds/leaves now and force the graft to push out its growth (like maybe the plant feels like it has no buds/leaves left on rootsock wants to push its grafts bud's out as fast as possible to get photosynthesis started to make up for it by flowing more sap upwards)?

Anyway that question applies to plants where the graft portion if def looking like it will bud out (green bud tips).
I think I know that if the graft isn't budding out, then rather than waste a rootstock, maybe I should keep the leaves/newly forming branches to graft onto next year.

Just curious what people who are pros at this kinda stuff thought,

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What I do is keep some growth until the graft fully takes and begins to grow away and then in late July or so in zone 5 I cut off the feeder branch.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 8:25PM
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I do as Clark explained

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 9:44PM
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I do the same with one exception. If the root has aggressive limbs then I tip prune it. As soon as my grafts grow about 6" the root limbs are completely removed. Then I wait a little longer to remove the graft binding (in my case it is reversed electrical tape). Being small scale I can micro manage for faster results. Both methods are good. Hope this helps. Bill

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 5:26AM
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armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)

Cool, thanks guys for the advice. Ill keep 1 or 2 feed limbs on there.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 3:34PM
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