Eric Thompson

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Bothell, WA - USA
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Bill Weible wrote:Question:  Now we are in July and one of the branches from my rootstock is overtaking the scion in growth rate.  OK to prune off the rootstock branch now?  I left it grow in case the graft failed, but it looks like it will be OK.

Yes, those can be pruned off now and the graft will do better for it.  I find when they are soft you can just "fold" them down by hand and they pop off.  Of course pruners are better if you have them with you..
1 week ago
You are generally just fine using these suckers -- those closest to the main trunk are usually the most likel to have roots that survive well.

Basic process: dig up the sucker in dormant season - make sure it has at least a few root hairs on it.  Plant  in a bed to develop its root system - it can be grafted in the spring when it starts to bud out.

The same can be done for rooted side shoots on rootstocks - cut near the trunk and as long as some root is there they tend to have high survival rate.
2 weeks ago
We use Stripe as a primary payment form.  It has been easy to integrate and works well internationally.  It's always of interest to get the fees lower, but even direct merchant services through a bank are fairly expensive and much harder to integrate online.
Still looking for a good fit.  Adding a few pictures too!
2 months ago
We are in process renovating house and property and pursuing some business activity in the same space.  There are many places we can use a hand and the property offers some unique experiences.  Business activity should be able to eventually support full time work and lodging at the property -- things are still in process to get us there.

Property is 14 acres in Longview, WA, USA.  Not a typical Permie homestead, but a unique and peaceful place with some jaw-dropping features.

Requires a hard worker with an open mind -- many opportunities can be made to fit skills and interest.  PM me with what your availability is, skills you bring, and what would make an ideal longer term setting you you.

3 months ago
Give them some time -- there is just a small amount of energy going into the graft, so those will bud slower -- if you cut off the twigs below the graft twice a year you will do fine.
3 months ago
I might cut if the roots are spiraled or snarled together, but if rootbound part is minor I just step on the ball to splay it out or step on it in the hole..
3 months ago
These grow nicely in my Zone 7 area -- they do very well in wet areas.  The fruit is tastes pretty good and is a heavy producer.  As a hedge it is easy to bend, puts on fast growth, and is a little thorny - probably a good fit!
4 months ago
Lawyer Nursery - Montana!
4 months ago

Fredy Perlman wrote:

How old are the 65 young? Mine are first year. Could I rip a trench with a ditch witch and casually drop them in there, then transplant in a year? Is that better than potting them in commercial topsoil (something i'm considering for the overstock)? That could be a promising technique for a lot of these bareroots.

Mine are also from the conservations district - black elderberry about 2 ft tall. 
If you rip a trench of soft soil and fill them in (even close together) they should get up to 6ft with a main trunk this year.  After that, they are pretty free to grow above deer browse height.  Elderberry are easy to transplant and also grow with rooted suckers profusely, so you can dig and separate or dig and re-fill the trench with shorties..
4 months ago