New Fukushu Kumquat has Rootstock sprout?

ocelaris(7a)August 10, 2014

I bought this Fukushu Kumquat at the nursery today and repotted it in the Gritty mix, and noticed that near the scion there is a strong sprout growth. I'm worried it is the citrange root stock as the label says. However the leaves look identical (if only slightly larger). Also the "water sprout" stem looks slightly oval instead of fully round, and has thorns; where as the older stem has no thorns. But there is a stem coming off after the scion which looks the same, so I may be worried about nothing; but would like some opinions whether I need to cut this stem off? After looking at citrange leaves I don't believe it is citrange, but it was just very close to the scion so wasn't sure if it was the root stock trying to take back over.

Thanks, Bill






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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Not citrange. Citrange leaves are trifoliate. It is merely another scion sprout.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:57PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

I believe you are safe. If Citrange leaves are trifoliate then you are safe and I would do nothing as I have on all my trees in the past. They all have done very wll except my seed grown kumquats. yours is grafted.

Steve

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:59PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

Hi Patti; It looks like we were typing at the same time and you posted quicker and answered my trifoliate question.

Steve

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 11:02PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

That's not the graft line, Steve. The graft line is actually right at the top where the two branches are emanating from.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:46AM
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johnmerr(11)

It is a T-budded union; and Patty is right about the location.
Some naturally bushy varieties... the Meyer lemon in particular, tend to produce multiple shoots from the bud union area.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 3:00PM
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