Artie Scott wrote:Steve, I know that heat all to well, I don’t know how you did that! But great video, thanks for the sacrifice - hope you keep us updated on how the tree responds.
Isaac Jamieson wrote:I have built up a mound prior to planting my lime tree, as my soil has a lot of clay and gets very wet. It is going fine. I've never thought of building the mound after planting.
Adding soil above the graft? Brilliant!
Thanks for the inspiration.
This should generally make the tree more vigorous, right?
I'm now thinking of doing this to my mandarin, which is slow growing, and to my small, young lemon. Because I think they could use the vigor in my heavy soil and I don't mind bigger plants.
Artie Scott wrote:Some interesting points there Steve that raise some questions in my mind. If I understand correctly, planting (or mounding) above the graft will result in the tree reverting to its own characteristics vice the root stock. Which, if you want the tree’s natural characteristics as you have described, makes perfect sense.
My question is, then why buy a tree grafted onto dwarf or semi-dwarf root stock at all?
I thought that the benefits of grafting were both to limit size, and also because the particular rootstock had other superior characteristics, such as disease resistance, etc...
Planting or mounding above the graft would seem to eliminate any advantage of buying a grafted tree. Or am I misunderstanding?
Isaac Jamieson wrote:Ok. I'm back to forest building.
I've wounded the trunk above the graft and added soil and mulch.
First I made some space as the daisy that protects the mandarin was rubbing on the trunk and its early Spring here, so more exposure to the world is in order.
The mandarin is not quite up to my hip height now. It will be interesting to observe its growth in the future.
Steve Thorn wrote:
It's neat to see your plants getting going for the Spring, as mine are getting ready to slow down for the Fall.
Excited to see how it turns out!
Isaac Jamieson wrote:I wonder if adding additional soil makes the crown less elevated.
I'm thinking kind of no, because the crown isn't actually going deeper, but kind of yes, because it now has more soil above it.
Let's hope that it is not too much of an issue. The soil I added was from under deciduous trees, light and full of humus. Being light is probably a good thing, but being full of organic material, this holding more water may be an issue, right?
Steve Thorn wrote:I found another frog in a different apple tree looking at a bug.
Sic 'em little froggy!
This one's coloration seemed better for some of the leaf litter below, but I saw him this morning, and this evening I saw him again, so I was glad to see he didn't get eaten yet.
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