Sango Kaku

j0nd03February 23, 2012

I recently purchased a small rooted cutting of this tree. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the hardiness of the root system compared to the species acer palmatum they are usually grafted on to. I will have it potted in a net pot for the next year to grow a more fibrous root system.

Thanks,

John

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houzi(8)

Not sure hardiness is the issue,usually vigour is one of the reasons for grafting.However sometimes it's good practice to use less vigorous rootstocks with certain cultivars(though often not practiced.)
Not sure if it's entirely relevant but one of our largest maple propagators here uses 'Senkaki' as their rootstock for a lot of their maples.Wether the offspring of that cultivar should be any stronger than a parent on it's own roots I'm not sure,but I don't necessarily see why they should .

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 11:48AM
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j0nd03

Interesting... I may keep this one in a pot over a couple growing seasons and see how vigorous it is. Unfortunately, I don't have a (same cultivar) baseline to measure against. I am growing two other maples ('Autumn Moon' and 'Orange Dream') in net pots and 'Orangeola' and 'Acontifolium' in ground.

Thanks for the input

John

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:25PM
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houzi(8)

Very wise John,apart from perhaps being on more vigorous roots,grafted plants have another advantage I think is often overlooked.The 2/3year graft you buy will have 4/5year old roots,no-wonder they do better.
I have Seiyru,Katsura and Beni Komachi on their own roots,though still in pots they are probably big enough to be planted here.Patience will be your greatest challenge,good luck.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:14PM
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