'Sharp Cheddar' and 'Eagle Creek' grafts
I sent a bunch of scion to Jason Hupp at Western Evergreen Nursery this winter after I found these two conifers, Picea pungens 'Sharp Cheddar' and Picea mariana 'Eagle Creek'. Yesterday I received ten grafts of each back and couldn't be happier with the results.
Here are some pictures of the final product. I already up-potted most of them into #1 pots where they'll stay through the winter until I can find places (and people) for them all. The potting mix is 66% perlite, ~28% peat, and ~5% compost for good drainage.
P. pungens 'Sharp Cheddar' grafts, most of them have a light blue push this year, the original plant pushes a cream color:
I love the new growth on this one, it's just like the parent plant's:
Picea mariana 'Eagle Creek' grafts: The original tree had some eastern dwarf mistletoe growing on a couple of the lower branches. Scion was taken from the very top as far away from the EDM as possible. This will need to be evaluated in the coming years to see if it retains the characteristics of the parent.
Jason even made up some professional labels:
If you ever need any custom grafting done in the future, send Jason an email--you won't be disappointed.