topworked this past April for some additional directive pruning. Just 4 weeks ago, I pruned this graft to a single central leader and now the new leader has grown to nearly 5 feet tall (photo at right).
Note the size of the central leader compared to the size of the lateral branch I pruned off the last time I visited this tree. Four weeks ago all the shoots growing from the scionwood stick were roughly the same diameter. Now, with all the tree's energy focused on just one shoot, my central leader is becoming well defined.
stalked buds and practice the two foot rule for pecan tree training. Looking over the central leader of this new graft, I noticed that stalked buds became more prevalent and further extended as I looked up the stem (photos above). Left alone, these stalked buds would have grown into branches, giving the tree a overly-heavy, bushy top that is more prone to wind breakage.