Thursday, April 16, 2015
Bud break timing differs between mature and seedling trees
bud break phenology that can be found among pecan cultivars. Today, by looking a Kanza tree and an entire row of daughter trees, I found that mature, flowering-producing trees start spring growth slightly before juvenile seedling trees. I've also seen this phenomenon occur with fruit trees. A mature apple tree will push out flowers and leaves long before young, non-bearing apple trees start to break bud..
I might be able to force a 3-flap graft onto the seedling tree shown above but I'd rather wait a bit to start grafting. Waiting will allow me a wider choice of possible grafting methods I can use (I don't start bark grafting until the stock tree has leaves unfurled) and makes finding the right piece of scionwood for each tree a little easier.
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