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Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

Posted by desertdance So CA Zone 9b (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 16:48

We have an older Anna Apple on our property that is loaded with apples. We loved those apples so much last year that we bought a new one bare root and planted it. The little fence around it is a gopher basket to protect it from the many critters here.

It shows no signs of life yet except for this small leafing shoot near the graft. It's hard to tell if it's coming from below or above the graft.

What do you think?

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Thanks!

Suzi


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RE: Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

Below. Looks like a sucker, to me.

Also, it looks like your tree was planted too high, I see exposed roots. You might add more soil.


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RE: Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

We will remove the sucker today and add more soil.

Thanks so much!

Suzi


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RE: Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

I wouldn't add much more soil. That is right at the root flare. Having some roots on the surface is OK and even desirable. But having too much space for air to get under may not be so good.

My freaking Anna never lost all its leaves, and still hasn't come out of dormancy either. She'd better hurry up and get some canopy going...its getting pretty warm out there...the loquots were drooping yesterday afternoon. Speaking of which you might want to get that trunk painted white in 9b.


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RE: Anna Apple Sucker or Branch?

Good advice about the white latex! We'll get on it.

Our Anna never lost any leaves either. Then she bloomed and now she's loaded with blooms and apples.

The new baby must have been in cold storage. Could take some time for the bare root to wake up.

Thanks!

Suzi


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