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 How deep do i go? 
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Post How deep do i go?
I had a scion grafted at the event in Canby. It was real busy so I didn't ask many questions. What I need to know is how close to the graft should I plant it or does it make any difference? Right now I have it in a large pot and it is about 3-4 inches below the graft. Thank you.

Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:22 pm

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Post Re: How deep do i go?
Good question. If you were to plant it close enough to the graft, once it settles some, the grafted portion could root. Those roots are not reliable and would negate the dwarfing, or size-limiting properties of the rootstock it’s grafted to.

I’d suggest planting the rootstock at the ‘color difference’ on the bark, which indicates where it was growing before harvested. If that leaves the graft union too high for your taste, I’d plant it a ‘little’ deeper, leaving the bottom of the wrapped graft around 3 or 4 inches above the surrounding soil (just as you described doing). It can also depend on how high the graft was made on the rootstock; though I try to keep those I graft closer to the roots… to keep buds bursting from the rootstock and competing with the grafted scion above. I was one of the grafters.

And ask us those questions - most of us are pretty friendly 8). There was also an excellent revised ‘green flyer’ with after-care instructions at the grafting payment table. Did you take one? …and let me know if this is TMI …though it appears to be my mo ~

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Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:04 pm

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Post Re: How deep do i go?
Thank you for your info Viron. And no I didn't pick up a revised green flyer. As I said, there was a lot of people and activity. Kind of felt overwhelmed. We had come up to Salem to visit our daughter and she thought we would be interested. Didn't know how big a deal it was going to be. Wow. :shock:
We did enjoy it and were glad to see you guys had the Gloria Mundi scion. We have some grafted onto a couple of our trees, but we wanted a whole tree. 8) This will make a great addition to our orchard. We only have 1.65 acres, but it is full of trees, grapes and berries. Wish we had some of the warmer weather Canby, and Salem get. We are on the southern Oregon coast, and have to be careful as to what we plant. Kinda damp, but fairly mild. Once again Thank You :!:

Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:54 pm
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