citrus grafting problem please help!!!

fluffybonbon(9)September 6, 2009

I bought a kumquat several months ago.

Recently some other plant popped up really strong right in grafting place.

What can i do ? do i leave it alone or i should cut it away from kumquat plant.

Please help, any advise would appreciated .

I included pics below to show it problem.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You need to get rid of it or it will sap the strength from your Kumquat. Tease away the soil gently until the whole attachment point is bared; then either cut it off or pull it gently to take it away with a heel. Keep the wound dry until it heals over. Maybe even use a big of fungicide to help protect it.

Find out about your Kumquat. What was it grafted to? It's just possisble the rootstock is worth keeping, either for its own sake or to use for future grafts.

But it sure does have ugly spines! Could make a great barrier to keep unwanted visitors out of the yard!


    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 8:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It's the trifoliate orange(Poncirus trifoliata) rootstock(notice the three leaflet configuration). Cut it off, and keep any new shoots that might arise pinched/rubbed off.

You probably could root the trifoliate cuttings - it is a good dwarfing, cold-hardy rootstock for most citrus, but the fruit is just this side of inedible - very seedy, very sour, and there's a really nasty gummy oil in the rind. But, a dense hedge of P.trifoliata would certainly be a barrier!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2009 at 5:15PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Easy Propagation Chamber
I make a little propagation chamber that is so easy,...
Gardenia not layering
About a year ago, I bent one of the branches of my...
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL
Source for berry cuttings
Hi, I'm having a hard time finding anywhere on the...
Rootong Juniperus virginiana cuttings?
I need to root some Eastern Juniper or Eastern "Redcedar"...
Clonex gel turned liquid
When my Clonex gel was about a year old and I went...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™