Thinking about next year. Replace some trees that died, and plan for a couple that might, and replace a couple of non-
|Esopus Spitzenburg Apple|
North Star Cherry. 2 years old. Apparently voles. There is no bark on the roots.
Big Asian Plum. From the size and rings, at least 10 years old. Apparently mining insects. There were tunnels under the bark.
Honeycrisp on M27. Karmijn on M27. I think this rootstock is way to limiting, and the trees can't grow worth squat. These are planted near each other, and can be replaced by one larger tree. I can use the Honeycrisp for scion.
Indian Blood Peach. Maybe 8 years, only 4 foot tall, no fruit set, ever.
I have 3 Hollywood Plum trees in containers, and one in-ground, started 2 years ago. The container trees are larger due to TLC.
I have 1 Ember Plum, 8 foot tall whip, grafted onto Hollywood rootstock early 2015.
I have potential scion sources, existing Toka plum, Hanska grafted onto on unidentified plum tree, Honeycrisp and Liberty apples on M27.
I have an unidentified plum grown as accidental cutting from the tree that died. It's a good plum, large, meaty dark purple flesh.
Toka Plum. Bark on trunk is highly damaged. I don't know, by what. I want to preserve the variety. Use scion from existing tree, on Hollywood Plum rootstock.
1. Make a new Toka Plum, grafting from existing tree onto Hollywood Plum rootstock.
2. Move the unidentified plum cutting to a better location. Maybe were the North Star Cherry died.
3. Remove Indian Free Peach. Replace with Surefire Cherry, new tree.
4. Remove small Hollywood plum. That one needs more TLC, transfer to container. Replace with Ember on Hollywood rootstock. I can do that this fall.
5. Make a Hanska Plum on Hollywood rootstock. Grow in container to give it TLC until it is a good size.
6. Buy scion for another plum variety - Superior? Graft onto the 3rd Hollywood rootstock and give it TLC.
7. Replace the M27 trees with Nadia Cherry / Plum hybrid.
8. Try whip / tongue grafting to top work remaining branches of Almaden Duke cherry with Ranier and Lapin sweet cherries. The T-budding didn't work so well. A couple might have taken. This tree has 2 rootstock suckers. Maybe I should graft onto those, and cut down the original tree.
9. I have the first apple that I grafted, but mixed the labels. It is either Sutton's Best or Esopus Spitzenberg. Either way, I can give that a try. There is a second graft on that one, again mixed up. Either Liberty or Jonagold. I might graft onto that tree, a 3rd and 4th variety. I can use the Honeycrisp, and might use scion from Fedco for another.
11. I think I will buy Sweet 16 from Burnt Ridge. If so, it will need a location.
12. Oregon Curl Free Peach might also not make it. The Peach Leaf Curl didn't kill it. Canker might. If so, I think this will be a good spot for a plum. If Toka doesn't make it, that will also be a spot for one of the new grafts getting TLC.
That seems like a lot. I could easily use up the entire 2 acres, but I can't take care of that many. This year I was not able to water enough, which might have contributed to a couple of deaths and some of the non-thriving trees. Definitely Montmorency cherry and Saijo persimmon were stressed, but they look like they will make it. The multigraft apples on the other side of the road, had very little watering but lived. They are still young. One is Chehalis + Akane + Jonagold + Summerred + Fuji, the other is the one described about with 2 semi-unknowns.
There is also a Jonagold on M27 in a flower border that contains 3 young columnar trees. I think that will come out, and a new columnar that I grafted last year will replace it.
All images on this page are public domain, via U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705. They either illustrate varieties I have, or might obtain, or I used as general illustration for that species. Illustrations are late 19th and early 20th centuries.