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Scionwood budding out flowers

Posted by deerhunter17 4 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 15:24

I recently grafted a Liberty scionwood apple to an Antonovka rootstock a couple of weeks ago. It has recently budded out but I have a problem...It budded out what looks to me like flowers. I was wondering what I should do to promote growth to a vegetative bud and not a flowering bud? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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RE: Scionwood budding out flowers

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 16:29

If your scion has vegetative buds they will push soon, when they are ready. If you grafted on a scion without a vegetative bud there is nothing that can be done now. It will probably push a shoot soon.

RE: Scionwood budding out flowers

Should I trim off the flower buds or how do I promote a vegetative bud?

RE: Scionwood budding out flowers

The way apples grow, even the flower buds should contain some leaves. Normally just "spur" leaves and a terminal bud, but I've seen apples where at pruning a branch was thinned back to a spur, and the spur shot out a long, "leader" type shoot. It might surprise you, I'd give it some time.

RE: Scionwood budding out flowers

This happens to me all the time. Where all i get on the scion is flower buds on both apple and pear (mostly asian). They always grow vegetative growth But sometimes can have a weak point where it started growing at the fruit buds for the first year especially if grown from fruit spurs so It will need support and may snap off but this rarely occurs with proper support.

RE: Scionwood budding out flowers

This is another reason why its good to have 2-3 buds on each scion you graft, one out-facing one in good position as the main bud, and 1-2 extras. I had finches peck out a few of the buds this year, and without the extra buds that variety would not have made it.


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