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 Blossom on first year graft 
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Post Blossom on first year graft
This last weekend I noticed a flower on the scion portion of an apple tree that was bench grafted about a month ago. It doesn't make sense to me that a newly grafted tree would produce any flowers after the trauma of being grafted but I am very new this.

Just wondering if this is a common occurrence and whether or not the flower should be removed or just left alone. I am thinking that if it looks like it was pollinated and is developing into a fruit then it should be removed so energy is not diverted away from vegetative growth.

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Galen
Portland, OR


Mon May 16, 2011 2:52 pm
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Post Re: Blossom on first year graft
Galen, welcome, and good questions. Some apple varieties are “Tip Bearers” and will actually set fruit on ‘one year’ wood. That also needs to be taken into account when eventually pruning your new tree… so as not to remove too much of its fruit bearing wood. What variety is it? - bet it’s a tip bearer :wink:

Also, with the multitude of folks bringing in their own scions to our 'exchange' we sometimes need to graft up to 3 year old wood because the newer stuff is nearly nonexistent. If that be the case, it would simply be a fruit bud doing its thing. Either way, I’d ‘cut’ off the spent blossom, for the exact reason’s you mention. Good catch and good call.

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Mon May 16, 2011 4:54 pm
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Post Re: Blossom on first year graft
Hey Galen,
A fruit growing on that branch probably would delay vegetative growth, and it could easily break off the graft itself. I had some of those this year. I might have let them flower for the pollen, but wiped out the fruit.
John S
PDX OR


Mon May 16, 2011 8:40 pm
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Post Re: Blossom on first year graft
A few years ago I had top worked a Williams Pride onto a good sized tree by whip and tongue graft. The scion blossomed. I left it alone and got four apples the first year. Has been one of the most interesting grafting experiences for me.


Mon May 16, 2011 9:48 pm
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Post Re: Blossom on first year graft
I checked the variety and it was Hewe's crab. I also found another flower on a different tree of the same variety. It looks like the blossoms are on their way out. Thanks for the tips, I will make sure to take the spent blossoms off.

Galen


Thu May 19, 2011 9:16 am
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