Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tips for cutting pecan scionwood
As you can see by the shucks that still remain, this 'Lakota' tree produced a good crop of nuts in 2012. So to prevent crop production losses due to scionwood collection, we have developed a scionwood orchard.
stalked buds on your scions, prune them off before putting the wood into refrigerated storage. This kind of wood still makes good scionwood because of its innate vigor and the fact that there are large secondary buds under each stalked bud.
collect scions from a mature tree its always best to prune a few limbs the previous year to force vigorous shoot growth. However, in a pinch let me show you a technique for harvesting scions on trees with short one-year old growth.
This leaves me with a crooked scion but one that has plump, healthy buds on the upper end and a good, thick area to make my cuts on the lower end. This scion is not ideal--the two year wood has too many leaf scar bumps in the way of making smooth cuts but I could make this work for a bark graft in a pinch.