Thursday, September 8, 2016
Late summer graft maintenance
coppiced tree. Four months later the scion has sprouted a new shoot over 6 feet in height. Its amazing how a 15-year-old root system can push the growth of a scion. However, developing a nice new central leader tree from a thicket of stump sprouts takes numerous trips back to the tree all summer long. New stump sprouts continuously popped up which need to be pruned off. The scion was grows so fast it's hard to keep up with the removal of stalked buds. The results of all this work is a nine-foot-tall pole of a tree (photo at right). At this point, I'm not concerned about the total lack of lateral branches. New branches will sprout next spring from secondary buds and the tree will begin to fill out.