Topworked pear grafts took - now what?

ltiltonJune 13, 2013

The grafts I made on my Keiffer tree are growing, but growing like watersprouts. I'm assuming I should cut them back at some point to encourage branching. How far?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

You'll likely get more branching by cutting back next winter. But they might be huge by then. If you cut them back I'd cut way back. Nipping off the tips won't cause branching. Any chance you could train them over? May not be the shape you want.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:38PM
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ltilton

They're pears, and they're growing vertically. Well, two of them are. Each sprout has branched off a secondary sprout, and both are reaching for the sky at a very narrow angle.

But I suspect that they aren't strong enough to hold themselves up there and will eventually flop down. I'd like to spread them, but the sprouts are pretty brittle now and I don't want to just snap them off.

So I guess waiting until winter, then cutting back to outward-facing buds at about six inches?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:33PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

They will probably start bending over soon. If they don't bend over to nice scaffold angles you can help them with tying down or staking up.

Scott

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 9:59AM
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