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Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

Posted by forkyfork NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 16:17

I bought a grafted dwarf cara cara orange a few months ago and it's really exploded with growth over the past few weeks. The trouble is, some of the sucker growth near the bottom is a darker green color than the other growth. However, I know the cara cara can sport variegated foliage and I'm not sure if this is sucker growth from the rootstock or the cara cara itself. It looks like the growth is above a wedge graft but I'm not completely sure. Help would be greatly appreciated.


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RE: Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

Here's a different view.


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RE: Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

leaves look the same.


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RE: Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

From a reputable and popular grower in our area here (SF bay area in California),
they advise that the graft line is usually diagonal; I didn't know that before.
If the growth is branching from above the root graft (line), then they call it a Water Sprout.
There is a video segment on this page as well.
(See the web link submitted with this post)

Here is a link that might be useful: Article from Four Winds Growers


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RE: Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

  • Posted by axier Z9 Basque C. (Spain) (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 9, 14 at 1:54

Please, why don't you take a picture of the whole trunk?
The graft can be lower than that showed in your picture.


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RE: Having trouble finding the graft line on my cara cara

Looks to me like this was a bud graft - probable edges shown in red.
That's fine, except that the second picture shows that the remains of the rootstock has died back and this could spread down. Normally a small rootstock stub like this stays green and healthy and is cut off as the top variety grows.
If the plant was supplied with this dead piece, I would complain.
I would now carefully snip off the dead piece without damaging anything that's green.
So all the new growth is the Caracara variety. I think there's too much coming from this point and would remove some of the thinner new shoots. But it depends on what shape you eventually want - a lower bushier plant or taller and more tree-like.


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