top-worked a young Jayhawk tree. Then last summer I showed you how I trained and pruned this tree to create a new central leader from the sprouted scion. Now its time to revisit this same tree for some dormant pruning.
In the photo at right, the bark graft I applied last year is painted white. I trained a single shoot from the scion to form a new central leader securing it to an eight foot long wooden stake to prevent wind damage. The graft grew an amazing 6 feet tall in a single summer.
One of the disadvantages of top-working a larger tree is that you end up doing a lot of detailed pruning several rungs up a ladder. It a good thing I've got an eight foot orchard ladder at the ready.
This spring, I'll make directive pruning cuts to preserve the central leader one more time. It won't be long before this tree grows too tall for easily accessible detailed pruning cuts. But that's OK. I'll be able to spend more time on younger trees and new grafts.