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Mugo grafting update

Posted by severnside UK SW9 (My Page) on
Thu, May 29, 14 at 15:46

Graft #1 showing white needle sheaths (week 16 since the graft)

Pinus mugo 'Cherwell'
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This post was edited by severnside on Fri, Jul 11, 14 at 5:57

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Looks great Severnside! Which selection is this mugo?

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Thanks Nate,

All my grafts now are from this mother plant that is in a freeway truckstop area. It's a super robust specimen with heavily clothed branches and puts on 12"+ of new growth at full bore.
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Scion branch
Scion branch from below photo P1100790.jpg

The plant is sadly partially overwhelmed by a young ash tree so in full sun I guess it could look in form similar to Pinus mugo 'Compacta' shown below.

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Nice looking plant. I'm glad you're going to be able to add it to your garden!

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It has an 'aristata' feel.


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Thanks Nate, once I'm assured it's establishing it'll be fun to see it developing it's size.

It does Dax, the foliage is very luxuriant giving the appearance of more than a two needle pine.

When I first saw it one winter the very dark colour and prominent chalky buds made me think it was an old P.m 'Jakobsen' too. The pictures above are earlier in last season when it's lighter.

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Graft #1 - the first to push now showing green needles.
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Graft #2 - the second to push after it's pollen production interlude.
Graft #2 June 17 2014 photo P1150990.jpg

Graft #3 - the leader scion with three points of growth, catching up now after a slow waking.
Graft #3 photo P1150970.jpg

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I've made white sticky label sleeves to shield the unions from direct sun but the plants are out in full sun with daily watering once as the pots are dry by days end.

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Graft #3 - greening too now. The later pushers transition much quicker to catch the early ones.
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Nice. I like the different shades of green.

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Very nice pictures Severnside. And nice work with the grafts!

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Thanks Nate and thanks Alex. Much appreciated!

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Beeswax rainproofing. Dr.Farwells not being available I went back to nature. It might melt off in the next hot spell but I can redo it easily enough.

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severn, most excellent photos.

But your comment on june 4 scare me.
you said it looked like old jakobsen
I have one.....they don't grow into that,do they ?

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Hi Ron, thanks.

No, it does share an essence of 'Jakobsen' in that the needles are very densely clothed and dark and the buds are a contrasting chalky white. This one though is much more rangey and vigourously open growing where Jb stays clumpy and sub 5 feet in height even at pictured mature sizes. Jb also has very distinctive silver bark and closely convoluted 'ancient' branching wheras this one has standard mugo bark and simple upward branch divisions. I've ordered a Jb for fall delivery so I will have the two to compliment each other.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jakobsen Images

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The beeswax looks good!

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Thanks Nate!

Here's a shot from today of graft #3

Pinus mugo 'Cherwell'
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Graft #1 (side branch scion)
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Graft #2 (side branch scion)
Graft #2 Pinus mugo 'Cherwell' 9 July 2014 photo P1160648.jpg
Graft #3 (leader scion)
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Week 24

Graft #2 showing multiple buds, which was a suprise as the side branch scions all had single buds. Should mean a good start to development next season.

Graft #2 Multiple New Buds July 21st 2014 photo P1170067-1.jpg

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Nice! The Pinus mugo 'Cherwell' looks great.

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Thanks Nate!

From today, graft #2 showing emerged supernumerary stem buds which once again suprised me. Six growing points now for next season, should be good.

Terminal buds (1-3)
Terminal buds #1-3. Aug 19 2014 (week 28) photo P1170625.jpg
Stem buds (4 & 5)
Stem Buds! #1 and #2 August 2014 photo P1170611-001.jpg
Stem bud (6)
Stem Bud #3 August 2014 (week 28) photo P1170616-001.jpg

This post was edited by severnside on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 15:06

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Thanks OOOOOORonRon!


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7ern ,
What, are we singing to our plants now ?
Those photos rock !
and that graft is kicking ass !
congrats, ron

but I think it goes d,doo,ron,ron,ron

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Ha ha, I do speak words of encouragement to my plants but not singing, the neighbours might be alarmed.

Sev, sev, sev, 7

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Pinus mugo 'Cherwell' (3) planted out. Though the best new growth I'm not confident about the size of union to the length of branch. I have to keep it strapped in case it pulls itself apart. In time it may compensate but the other specimens will catch up and they have strong union/branch proportions compared. I love it's tousled look though.

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Prospectively named Pinus mugo 'Jarpe's Last Chance' or 'JLC' after Jarpe from Finland's perfectly timed thread about late summer grafting. It enabled me to have one last try before access to the scion plant on a private industrial estate would be lost due to finishing work.

Looking vibrant at week 11
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7ern , I can see structure in background of Cherwell pic
Why are you holding out on us ?

I've been gardening here for 30 years,,,it's still "not ready" for pictures

Yard Pics Dude !


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What you're seeing behind the Cherwell is the new border where there was a big ugly tabletopped Lawsonia. It links up to my 'pinetum corner' at the bottom.

Under construction
New Border Aug-Sep 2014 photo P1170734.jpg

Further along
New border in the evening sun :) photo P1170762-001.jpg

In the border above the stone flag path

Abies concolor 'Piggelmee'
Abies lasiocarpa 'Alpine Beauty'
Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb Gold'
Pinus longaeva 'Schulman Grove'
Pinus flexilis 'Paiute'

Below the stone flag path

Abies balsamea 'Bear Swamp'
Abies concolor 'Scooter'
Abies procera 'Noble's Dwarf'
Abies Koreana 'Brilliant'
Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Knaphill' (with the cane support)
Pinus mugo 'Piggelmee'
Pinus mugo 'Hulk'
Picea orientalis 'Reynolds'

Along the bamboo fence

Taxus baccata 'Semperaurea'
Taxus baccata 'Aurea'
Taxus baccata 'David' (not shown)
Taxus baccata

The bottom border and pinetum corner

Pinus mugo 'Golden Glow'
Pinus sylvestris 'Lodge Hill'
Pinus mugo 'Carstens'
Pinus nigra 'Black Prince'
Pinus heldreichii 'Irish Bell'
Pinus heldreichii 'Dolce Dorme'
Pinus heldrichii 'Pygmy'
Pinus sylvestris 'Westonbirt'
Pinus uncinata 'Leuco-like'
Pinus mugo 'Pincushion'
Pinus sylvestris 'Gold Coin'
Pinus mugo 'Wintergold'

Border just visible to the left (first pic)

Abies nordmanniana 'Honeywell WB' (Broom H)
Abies lasiocarpa 'Prickly Pete'
Abies koreana 'Gait'
Pinus mugo 'Cherwell' #3
(to be planted - Abies nordmanniana 'Dobrichovice')

The rest of the garden

Picea omorika 'Pimoko'
Picea sitchensis 'Silverzberg'
Abies pinsapo 'Marokko'
Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Abies nordmanniana 'Jakobsen's Spire'
Pinus heldreichii 'Compact Gem'
Taxus baccata 'Summergold'
Taxus baccata 'Aureomarginata'
Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph'
Taxus baccata 'Adpressa variegata'
Abies koreana 'Blue Emperor'
Pinus flexilis 'Ririe'
Abies normanniana 'Filip's Perfect Column'
Taxus baccata 'Ivory Tower'
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'
Taxus baccata 'Standishii'
Tsuga canadensis 'Jeddeloh'
Cedrus libani 'Green Prince'
Abies alba 'Schwarzwald'
Pinus mugo 'Sherwood Compact'
Pinus mugo 'Benjimen'
Abies procera 'Jeddeloh'
Abies balsamea '94018'
Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen'
Abies normanniana 'Berlin'
Abies procera 'Blaue Hexe'
Abies koreana 'Sherwood Compact'
Taxus baccata 'Icicle'
Taxus x media 'Hicksii'
Taxus x media 'Hillii'
Pinus heldriechii 'Zwerg Schneverdingen'

Front garden

Abies lasiocarpa 'Compacta'
Abies koreana 'Blue Emperor'
Abies alba 'Schwarzwald'
Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Bila Lhota'
Pinus mugo 'Mumpitz'
Pinus mugo 'Ophir'

In pots

Pinus mugo 'Jalubi'
Pinus uncinata 'Beran'
Abies fraseri 'Wingle's Blue Bonnet'
Picea abies 'Hate'
Abies lasiocarpa 'Beth Mini'
Abies lasiocarpa' 'Kyle's Alpine'
Abies alba 'Brinar'
Pinus mugo 'Humpy'
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aureomarginata'
Abies koreana 'King's Select'
Ginkgo biloba 'Chris's Dwarf' (Munchkin)
Tsuga canadensis 'Minuta'
Tsuga canadensis 'Dr.Hornbeck'
+ Various unknowns

This post was edited by severnside on Wed, Oct 22, 14 at 8:49

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7ern , thanks for the work in progress pics
2 ???
man are you a tease,,,ha
looks good,,,assuming more pics to follow
that's a heck of a list ya got going there

this really deserves it's own post,,,,so how do I cut and paste an entire post into another one ? I know,,,make post on disc. side linking to this,,,,,,I swear,,,,i'll do it

This post was edited by on Thu, Oct 23, 14 at 21:09

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I've bored the patrons to tears with my pictures of most of those listed over the years. Thanks Ron, but I'll just be 'judicious' as always.

This post was edited by severnside on Thu, Oct 23, 14 at 18:55

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I'm pretty new here and I enjoyed your pics and reading about your experiences. Quite a list there! :) Would have missed this post had it not been linked to on the discussion side, thanks for sharing.


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Ha ha don't encourage Ron Sara, he's impossible already!

Thanks, and bookmark each side gallery/discussion it's worth flip-flopping occasionally. Best of both conifer worlds.

Mugo update;

Unwrapped the summer graft today at week 12 and the union looks perfect, healthy stem colour. Quickly rewrapped and the long wait for the push months off. The advantage of spring grafting is the relatively shorter wait for confirmation, but I'll use both windows from now on. Thanks once again to Jarpe!

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Week 16: Pinus mugo 'JLC' (Jarpe's Last Chance) unwrapped of the parafilm and gently wired to give security to the union. This way I can leave it out in all but the coldest of weathers and rain won't sit inside the wrapping. The white deposites are the remains of sap during a very sticky grafting of young new wood.
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This post was edited by severnside on Mon, Nov 17, 14 at 12:12

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