Originally Posted by activelandscaping
That's a great job. I have had difficulty grafting MS without at least one of the stems swelling, even more so in dwarf stock/cultivars. I was hoping you might be able to answer a few questions I had, from a practical perspective?
I was wondering if you could tell me the parent root stock you used? What was the graft age vs. root stock age? I would guess this is a 6-9 year tree? Is the growth rate faster on MS than single stem grafts?
What was the age at last transplant, and what root pruning method did you use ( if any ) prior to transplant?I also noticed that there is almost no sign of crossed branching or visible wear damage on the bark. How much time did you spend on pruning?
Sorry about all the questions, but I have 50 grafted single main-stem cultivars, ranging from 1 to 4 years.
There are very few farms in this area ( mid-west really ), that grow Acer p. dissectum, Pieris japonicum or Kalmia latifolia. I prefer stock grown in local conditions, especially specimen plantings, and was hoping you might give me a few tips when it comes to grafting and rootstock preferences for any of the above.
Is 'Tamuke yama' one word or two?
Active, 'Tamuke yama', two words. Root stock was Acer palmatum. Many that I did on this occasion were var. atropurpureum or somewhat so. The age of the under stock was probably about 3-4 years, most were well branched, 1g. The under stock appeared to be of local origin. I don't remember the specifics of transplants but it was held too long in a gallon and may have been transplanted into a 3g before being planted in the ground. I think that it remained in a gallon container until planted in the ground in 1998. It was transplanted to it's current site in about 2000 and I estimate it's height at about 24" at that time. It is now about 9' across and 4' 2" tall. No pruning to speak of. After the last transplanting I did install a branch separator for about a year. I felt that the largest two stems were too close. It worked just fine. You can't edit these posts, can you? The pictures that I previously posted were made in January and April, 2003. Here is a photo of this maple made in the summer of 2001. Notice the piece of wood, wedged in between the rear two trunks, separating them.
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Here is another angle of this dormant maple in January 2003.
Here are three shots of this 'Tamuke yama' made today, 11-24-04.