Bill Weible

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since Mar 25, 2017
Zone 5
Northern Somerset Co. in PA
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Again thanks to all for the suggestions...I was going to use old pantyhose from my wife with stakes but wonder how the high winds, gusts of 40 - 60mph we now have in our area (all new in the last 10 years) might cause damage to he limbs.   I like the water bottle idea but might wait for a little more sap flow before tying any just yet.  We all agree the short tine of the fork needs to go.  I'll keep posting as things progress.
2 days ago
Thanks for the information...lots to consider.  I did snip off the smallest of the lower branches before viewing these posts, but what's done is done.  What is the best material to use to tie down the branches?  Can a branch be trained to "bend" left or right to give the plane of the scaffold a better balance (more even spacing around the trunk)?  I'm going to look for videos of pruning for a modified central leader.   And will search for DWN  Also need to review bench cutting.  Thanks for the advice!  In the background I have other grafts coming.  This is a tree from my family homestead (carved out of my grandfather's farm) that we are trying to save.  We think it is a Red Astrachan.   But my Dad always called it the "Cow shit tree"...cow took a shit and the tree grew.  It was pasture land when he was a boy.   Fruit comes in late in July or early August...sweet and tart.   Now my cousin's want me to try and graft a St. Lawrence and Maiden Blush from their homestead!  
3 days ago
I know it's a busy time, but if you have a few minutes I need some thoughts on pruning.  Here are 5 pics. from different views.  This is a 2 year old Red Astrachan (we think) and being naïve I didn't think I should prune before now…what do I know.  It has some bottom branches for the first scaffold, but then it has a long central leader with no branches before it "splits" at the top.  So to train/prune this tree what suggestions do you have...or maybe a good website video?  But I've watched a number of videos and there seems to be several options.
6 days ago
How 'bout this question?  In the picture attached I've marked where the graft was made.  How close to the graft should I plant the tree?   Does it have to be at the ground line or can I bury the rootstock "trunk" deeper into the ground?   Thanks, Bill  
4 months ago
So once the T-bud graft is completed, what aftercare is required?  Should I keep it out of the sun?  Or should it be set out in a protected area?   Should I avoid having it in the rain?  Outside but covered?  And is there any way I can tell before spring if it's been successful?   Thanks, Bill
6 months ago
I may just cut off like half....I did that with another graft and the rootstock branch then just shot out new growth.   Some new leaves are already beginning to form on the "deer ravaged" scion.  
6 months ago
Thanks, John...I also posted this in a new thread.  Just to see if I get any other opinions.  Once I sliced the bud off, should I wrap the "injury" with paraffin tape...or would it heal better on its own.
7 months ago
When it come to a T bud graft....can you slice a bud off a branch without removing the branch from the tree?   In the picture I have drawn circles around some of the buds I want to use for the graft...do they look like what I would use?  As you can tell I'm new at this...have had some success doing whip and tongue grafting.   Thanks, Bill
7 months ago
I know these posts have aged but maybe someone will see my question...when it come to a T bud graft....Can you slice a bud off a branch without removing the branch from the tree?   In the picture I have drawn circles around some of the buds I may use for the graft...do they look like what I would use?  As you can tell I'm new at this...have had some success doing whip and tongue grafting.   Thanks, Bill
7 months ago
The branch with the most leaves on is from the rootstock.  Should I cut it back some, would that be beneficial in the scion's recovery?  I tend to leave one stem from the rootstock survive to keep it viable in case the scion fails for some reason.  Thanks for all the input!  Feeling better now.    
7 months ago