|First bud break on grafted ginkgo tree. 3.21.16|
I don't have a pic, camera battery died, but the pear grafts from about the same time, also look good, with larger bud growth.
Red Airlie apple, which is sold in stores with the trademarked name "Hidden Rose". Inside of the ripe apples is pink. According to reviews, these apples are slower to brown after slicing. Flavor is considered good. Late ripening.
King David, apple. I looked for this one via Fedco, they didn't have any this time around. Thought to be a hybrid of Jonathan and an unknown, possibly Arkansas Black or Winesap, 1893, apple looks more like Arkansas Black. Very resistant to fireblight.
Dolgo Crabapple, because crab apples are considered good pollinizers for other apples.
Hawkeye, considered the original Red Delicious, before Red Delicious underwent multiple generations of sports giving us the famous beautiful, cardboard tasting apple. Hawkeye is said to be the true "Delicious".
These are all the apples varieties my little trees can handle for now. If some turn out to be duds, I can prune them out and let others take over. The multigrafts should all be self pollinating, and each branch should give at least a couple of pies, or a few bowls of apples, which is all I want from each variety. For me, it's like a collection, I see something interesting and add it. The cost is minimal - $5 for scion at Fedco, or free at the scion exchange.
The new scion from this year, assuming they take, will need 2 or 3 years to produce fruit for a taste.
I also grafted the following, yesterday and today:
Onto the Stanley European plum, a plum labeled as "Red Washington European Plum". I grafted that one as a polllinizer for better or more fruit production on Stanley. If it's a good plum, that will be good too. I don't have more info on this plum.
Male Hayward Kiwi - to pollinize the no-name kiwi that has been growing for 3 years in my arbor. I didn't want to buy an additional plant, not knowing if it would help. Kiwi turns out to be very soft wood, hollow with a pith. The wood was also delicate, fell apart easily. I needed several tries, and in the end it was not clean. The kiwi sap is syrupy. It might take.
I grafted three grafts of Petite Negri Fig from home, onto the extra Dominick fig tree at Battleground, to see if I can get a good start of this fig without growing from cutting. Fig wood is also soft, and fragile, with a central pith. These might or might not take. I had stored the scion, well wrapped, in the refrigerator to keep it dormant until the understock started growing. The figs are all producing buds now.
|Flowers on Ember Plum. 3.21.16|
This leaves a male scion for the hardy kiwi, and a persimmon scion, "Chocolate" to add to either Saijo or Nikita's Gift. From my readings, persimmons are difficult, and take best if the under stock is already growinbg actively. That will need to wait a few weeks in the refrigerator.
|Native Plum Seedling in Bloom, 4 years old. 3.21.16|