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Hello and help?

Posted by oklaben 7-OK (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 15:03

Howdy. I've been mining this forum for a couple of years but haven't joined up until now. I might as well admit that I've got a planting habit, especially when it comes to edibles. If they're native edibles, that's even better.

Question- I planted an apple tree in November with a plan of grafting on some scions from a tree my wife's grandfather planted at his house in Tennessee. I got the scions in December and they're happy in my fridge. I've never grafted but from what I've read, I wait until the host tree's buds are swelling and then do the graft. Straightforward enough, but this is Oklahoma and nothing is ever straightforward when it relies on weather.

My apple's buds are swelling but surely we'll get another decent freeze before spring, right? If I graft now, will the grafts fail in a freeze?

Another question- I have a bed with good soil (well, a good clay/manure mix over a bed of shale) that used to have raspberries. The bed isn't in a good place for the brambles so I moved the berries. Now I'd like to fill that bed with sandplums. I know sandplums don't need good soil but will the good soil be a problem for them? That bed also holds water nicely without becoming a wet-foot problem.

Thanks for the help and I'm looking forward to being a part of this forum.

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RE: Hello and help?

are these the native sand plums that make such good jelly when you get a crop. They have been killed out around here because the old farmsteads are now small acreages

RE: Hello and help?

Very native, yes. Side-of-the-road native, in fact. :) I live NW of OKC and there are a bunch of side roads with sandplums growing next to them. I yanked up a bunch of saplings last spring after they'd leafed out and three of them survived the summer without being watered. I'm going to go back and get more this weekend before they leaf out so they'll have a better chance of surviving. Ideally I'd like to have a fencerow of seven or eight of them to start with, then let them sucker from there.

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