these same trees selecting a single scion shoot and removing stalked buds. However, it is amazing how fast bark grafts can grow. Many grafts had grown 10 to 12 inches taller in just two weeks. Along with the new growth, the tree also developed new stalked buds (red arrows point to stalked buds in photo at right). My first step in training these grafts is to remove all stalked buds. Next, I used flagging tape to tie the new growth to the bamboo stake I already had in place.
The yellow arrow points to a brown scar on the stem indicating the position of a stalked bud that I removed 2 weeks ago. Below the scar is a secondary bud that is starting to grow. I will leave this bud in place to form a wide angled lateral branch. Remember, by the time a secondary bud starts to break, it will be located well below the central leader and in perfect position for lateral branch formation.