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delayed growth on spruce graft

Posted by sluice z6a CO (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 7, 14 at 16:57

Here is a time progression of a grafted scion with delayed growth.

The scion was grafted in February 2011, and developed no new foliage in spring 2011 or spring 2012.

I had almost written it off, until an advantageous bud appeared in summer 2012.

Picea pungens 'Nagykoros', June 12, 2012
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Here is the bud on August 11, 2012
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The next spring, on May 23, 2013, it appeared as if the bud was about to develop into a new shoot.
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Here is the bud on June 25, 2013. Something strange is going on.
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July 8, 2013
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August 17, 2013, it appears as if new buds are developing on top of the existing bud.
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November 2, 2013
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March 9, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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May 17, 2014
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May 24, 2014
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June 7, 2014
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This post was edited by sluice on Sat, Jun 7, 14 at 17:05

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RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

Wow incredible, and so well caught for documentation of the phenomenon.

1) A graft need not push, as long as the needles are healthy and retained.
2) A bud can appear the next year from elsewhere than the previous growth points. But not push - again.
3) It then acts as the axis for several buds to push from it.

Fascinating and well worth knowing that this delayed capabilty exists at least in picea. Life finds a way.

RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

Thank you very much for that, Nate. Great chronology.

So how long did the spider protect it (Aug 17, 2013)?


RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

  • Posted by Jarpe z4-z5 Finland (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 8, 14 at 3:19

Yes! This is wonderful documentation. I admire your patience, Sluice!
This kind of cronological series of photos is something we all should do much more for both science and fun. I´m very inspired by this.

RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

That thing wanted to live!


RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

Thanks Severnside, TJ, Jari, and Dax!

TJ, I'll have another look, maybe the spider is still around there somewhere ;)

RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

Just noticed these two new buds today on a P. pungens 'RM 258' scion that was grafted in February 2011. Hopefully they will develop into shoots in spring 2015!
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RE: delayed growth on spruce graft

Now that would be delayed! So the needles are four years old? You are certainly showing some extremes of dormancy and reanimation.

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