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Robert Baerg

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since Mar 02, 2017
Tree Propagator, grafter. Attempting to establish food forests in Mongolia.
Sukhbaatar,Selenge, Mongolia
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Recent posts by Robert Baerg

Welcome Yuri, what part of Russia are you from? I am currently living just south of the the Russian border in Mongolia. These hoes have not made it our way yet but I would be interested in getting one to try.
5 months ago
Hi Ethan, not sure where you are at at this moment with your grafting but I thought that I would just add a few bits from my experience over the past 5 years. Most of what I have learned about grafting has come from a friend that worked for more than 40 years in The University of Saskatchewan's fruit breeding programs. For spring grafting, early May in my area, it is important that the root stock is actively growing and that the scion is still dormant. I have had almost zero success grafting already active buds onto active root stocks. This may mean collecting your scion wood while it is still dormant and storing it in a fridge, preferably at about 0 - 2C. I collect my scion wood already in early November and store it until I graft in May. That way I know that none of the buds have suffered any frost damage and all the buds are fully developed.
8 months ago
Thanks so much for posting this stuff. We are just at the stage of planting our key trees and were looking for just this kind of stuff. Is there anything out there for cherries or plums?
1 year ago
Thanks Victor. I am also using the parafilm. I was a little premature in saying 100% mortality. Some of the trees are actually started to break bud. I have trees that I bud grafted in Aug 2015 that took and grew in 2016 and they appear to be doing significantly better than the scion/ whip and tongue grafts I did last May. The bud grafts survived a winter and they are also lower down on the rootstock stem than the scion grafts. Have you had equal success with bud grafts and scion grafts? Did you protect the newly grafted trees the first winter? I started scion grafting at the beginning of May and continued almost to the end of the month so the scion wood and the rootstocks were in different condition by the end, from when I started. What varieties have you grafted and what rootstocks are you using?
2 years ago
I grafted about 260 apple trees last April/May outdoors and it is looking like 100% mortality of the grafted scions, the rootstocks are growing fine. I am in a Zone 2b/3 area and our coldest temp was about -38C last winter. I am ready to graft some more trees but I am not sure how to approach the outdoor tree grafting thing, most of my rootstocks are growing outdoors. All my scion wood is from trees that grow in zone 2b in Canada. Anybody have any thoughts?
2 years ago
Thanks Travis for your observations about spring, I am experiencing that right now. Lots of things coming to life and surviving the winter (much joy) and many things I had hoped would make it did not (sadness). The things that didn't work out however raise a challenge for me to observe what went on and learn and try again. This is where I find that doing permaculture with other people (community) helps guard me against sinking into the negatives I am experiencing this spring, other people help me to see the successes and the beauty of the new life.
2 years ago
Thanks Casie, this could potentially make some great linkages.