Ann Torrence wrote:It's hard to see where the graft union is-did it get buried in the transplant? If so, you want to uncover it.
Regardless, I can't think of a reason I'd want to keep thhose spouts. The sooner they go, the better.
S Bengi wrote:Those waterspurts and stealing energy from the rest of the tree and putting it all to vegetative growth vs root development or fruit production. So get rid of them. Also given the fact that the internode spacing on that growth is normal it is most likely the ROOTSTOCK which is even worse.
S Bengi wrote:Yes go ahead and remove the soil
Your input and output has to match, if you gut off some of the underground root structure it is best if you cut off some of the above ground structure so that it is balance, even more so when the it is a waterspout. So the short answer is that it will not harm the fresh transplant if anything it will help it.
You should also remove all the roots at or above the graft union.
S Bengi wrote:Ok now I see why it is so high. The original grafter probably wanted some 'GREEN' apple branches from the 0-14 are and some 'RED' apple branches from the 14-28 inch section and some 'YELLOW' apples branches from the 28inch to 15feet section. That is a pretty novel way to create a 3N1 apple tree. But as usual you have to prune such trees constantly so that one variety doesn't take over and use all of the root resources. I know because I have a 4N1 plout tree that is soon to be a 3N1
Ann Torrence wrote:My nursery calls this strategy "interstem" grafting.