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Guys -- @-40° even I wouldn't survive!!! BUY peaches shipped in 🤣🤣🤷 stop killing trees.
Shipped peaches will never be as good as tree ripened peaches. Shipped peaches are picked green. You cannot ship tree ripened peaches.

It's kind of like the neighbor's MIL who was ragging on him for wasting his time growing tomatoes. She kept telling him he can buy all the tomatoes he wants at the grocery store. Then he fed her a garden ripe tomato. Now she keeps asking for more and no longer mentions store bought tomatoes.

You would survive just fine at -40°. You put on more layers and sit in front of a nice fire. It's the hundred degrees plus that I wouldn't survive. I can only take off so many clothes and no one wants to see that.
stop killing trees.
Trees are a renewable resource. If they are big enough when they die they can be turned into lumber or firewood. If not, they can be turned into wood chips for mulch or wood pellets to be used as firewood
 

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@R2elk some more info for you. I asked a couple friends and the replies are starting to come in. so perhaps more to follow?

Recommended to paint the trunks white with watered down latex and shelter the south west side from direct sun. I provided that info in one of the above links for you already though.


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@R2elk some more info for you. I asked a couple friends and the replies are starting to come in. so perhaps more to follow?

Recommended to paint the trunks white with watered down latex and shelter the south west side from direct sun. I provided that info in one of the above links for you already though.

https://snakeroot.net/MTCA/peaches/

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That is why the label has not been removed.
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Shipped peaches will never be as good as tree ripened peaches. Shipped peaches are picked green. You cannot ship tree ripened peaches.

It's kind of like the neighbor's MIL who was ragging on him for wasting his time growing tomatoes. She kept telling him he can buy all the tomatoes he wants at the grocery store. Then he fed her a garden ripe tomato. Now she keeps asking for more and no longer mentions store bought tomatoes.

You would survive just fine at -40°. You put on more layers and sit in front of a nice fire. It's the hundred degrees plus that I wouldn't survive. I can only take off so many clothes and no one wants to see that.

Trees are a renewable resource. If they are big enough when they die they can be turned into lumber or firewood. If not, they can be turned into wood chips for mulch or wood pellets to be used as firewood

there's no way store bought peaches even come close to tree ripened orchard peaches. it's kind of like store bought tomatoes but even worse 🤷‍♂️

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Well it's looking like we'll be having a grafting party in March. My favorite daughter in law is wanting to start a small orchard like the one I'm working on starting.

Wednesday evening I showed her how to air layer MM111 rootstocks. I did one as a demonstration, then kicked back sitting on a bucket and answered questions, while she did the remaining 9. When she was done she asked if I had more root balls 🤣. I said I'll show her how to harvest scionwood in February. I sent her home with a Fedco catalog so she can pick out some scionwood for varieties she wants to grow. Here's her handy work.
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I also ordered year end overstock rootstocks from Fedco. 10 OHxF97 semi standard pear and 15 Lovell Peach rootstocks. They arrived last week bareroot, buds breaking and some leafed out. I potted them and am slowly hardening them off. I couldn't resist the hugely discounted prices. Lovell peach rootstock can also be used to graft, appricots, plums and almonds. Lovell is also interesting as it used to be the industry canning peach up until recently. I'll most likely plant 3 to 4 Lovell ungrafted rootstocks for canning peaches and for growing more rootstocks from the peach pits. View attachment 23391

I also want to graft cherries this March, so I'll be ordering Mazzard rootstock also.

Yep it'll be a bench grafting party come March alright 🥳

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quoting myself...

so one of those air-layer attempts my daughter in law did the middle of May got broken off during the wind over summer (I don't recall the month). I cut it loose and opened the air-layer ball it had one root about 3 inches long. I decided to pot it anyways.

I trimmed all its side branches and said a prayer for it. It lost all its main stem leaves but one on the very top, which you can see in the photo. I set the pot in kiddie pool with the other apple grafts and cared for it the same as the others.

Well what month is it? who ever heard of an apple blossoming the end of September? first for me. It didn't even see winter and it blooms and growing some nice new spur leaves also 🤷‍♂️.

It looks like this will be one root stock that we will be grafting late winter/early spring.
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