pruning the scion to one shoot in early July, this graft put on five feet of new growth during the summer of 2013. I removed the deer cage and quickly checked the scion's bark for signs of winter injury. Even though this new graft had grown vigorously well into the Fall and this type of late growth can be prone to winter injury, my Kanza stem had green and healthy looking tissues inside the bark.
ants that take up residence under the foil wrapper. I guess I should have taken my own advice and painted the graft union with white paint last summer.
After trimming the stock, I'm ready to replace the deer cage and move to the next tree (photo at right). Note that I still have the graft tied to a bamboo stake to prevent wind damage. The bamboo is attached to the stock with electrical tape and I used flagging tape to attach the scion to the stake. I'll keep the stake in place until the graft union is completely healed over. Once growth starts in the spring, I'll come back to this tree to make some "directive" pruning cuts to ensure I maintain a strong central leader.