trimming and training my successful grafts. The new growth I've seen on my grafts this year have been outstanding. The photo above is just one example of a tree I grafted with a Kanza scion placed on a 1.5 inch diameter seedling pecan tree using a bark graft. Before I shot this photo, I removed all rootstock suckers, pruned the graft to one shoot, removed stalked buds, then tied the new shoot to a bamboo stake. I protected the entire tree from deer with a 5 foot tall welded wire cage.
stalked buds to develop on a tree's central leader. I have usually associated the appearance of stalked buds with the growth of young trees but I've never before have I seen stalked buds develop on a new graft--that is until this year.
At right is a series of four photos that show the buds growing on the graft shown at the top of this post. The first photo (at right) shows the buds on the lowest portion of the scion's new shoot. Here the buds appear small and tightly appressed to the stem.
Further up the new shoot, stalked buds were longer and looked like they might start sprouting leaves soon (photo at right). If I allowed these buds to remain on the tree, it wouldn't be long before the tree would develop a brushy top with no clear central leader and numerous narrow-angled branches.
Could it be, that I've just discover the origin of the phrase, "nip it in the bud"? I had to nip off these stalked buds before they could create tree structural problems.
In training this new graft, I removed every stalked bud on the scion's new shoot, from top to bottom. In 2-3 weeks, I'll revisit this tree, pruning where needed and pinching out any new stalked buds that form.