'Sharp Cheddar' and 'Eagle Creek' grafts

dietzjmSeptember 15, 2012

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.


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

supreme ...

let me know if you have an extra SC ...


    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 12:58PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Save me a SC. Mine kicked the bucket. The rest I gave away!!


    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 2:11PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

They look great. Congratulations on such nice ones to start out with that are your own finds.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 3:46PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Matt, it's very good to see that both finds are successful propagated!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 6:31AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Matt, should mention to you that adding compost attracts racoons to literally throw the plants out of the pot. If they do it once, they'll do it every night thereafter until you pot them up w/o compost.

All you need is 2/3 perlite or more and peat. In spring top dress with osmocote or slow release granular miracle grow.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 8:24AM
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Those look great Matt!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 9:33AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

You must be proud, and with good reason. Congrats.


    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 12:53AM
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