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 Northern Spy Graft 
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Post Northern Spy Graft
About 12 to 15 years ago I grafted a Northern Spy to a semi dwarf Golden delicious, which was about 6 to 8 years old. After about 3 years I got 3 or 4 nice Spy’s that went full term. Since then I only get a half dozen or so blossoms that drop or only grow to the size of a golf ball and drop. The Golden Delicius part has a normal yield. Any suggestions? :?: John


Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:10 pm
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Location: Riverside, Southern California USDA Zone 10a
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John:

Your tree is showing classic signs of multi-graft inbalance, where one variety dominates another. You should graft the Northern Spy onto it's own rootstock. You can speed up the fruiting on the Northern Spy by using a very dwarfing rootstock like Bud 9 and tie the brances down past horizontal in order to make the stubborn variety fruit earlier.

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Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery
Riverside, Southern California
USDA Zone 10a


Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:37 am
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