What did you do in your orchard today?

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Was 18F this mid February morning, which is perfect weather to get prepared for March grafting :) So I harvested scionwood from 28 differnt fruit trees and harvested apple air layered root stocks.

Scionwood
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Scionwood is good for 6 to 8 weeks sealed in gallon baggies and kept refrigerated.
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M111 airlayed apple rootstocks, wrapped rooting balls on host tree. We started the airlayers late spring 2023.
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The rooting balls were frozen solid, so I had to soak them in water to get them open. But here's an example of what's inside (roots) :)
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I set the rootstock in a bucket of water to hydrate them. I'll keep them in the warmth inside under LED lighting. I'll probably heel them in with a some sawdust and growmix tomorrow. Then they should break dormancy in a couple weeks.
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Also, I'll probably bring in peach, pear, plum and apple rootstocks, I kept alive last year. Now that I have scions, just need the rootstocks to break dormancy.
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Looking like the beginnings of a grafting party 🥳 to me. Its just fun to graft fruit trees.

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Looks like you did good!! :old :love
Thanks 👍, it was a good days work for a old guy :old

I was pretty diligent last year to keep the orchard organicly healthy. I spent a little time with each tree this morning and I can see the results of my efforts from last season. Not only did I harvest all good clean scionwood but every tree I checked is good and healthy. So I feel really good, not only about the scions, but that our little orchard is in very good health.

Soon it'll be time to spray them with organic copper fungicide, just prior to bud break.

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Yesterday morning I brought in all the potted root stocks, set them in a kiddie pool and gave the a couple gallons of water.
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Today a few of the lovell peach rootstock sprouted just above the soil line. That didn't take long at all, I nipped those suckers off. I'll make sure they are completely out of dormancy and breaking bud, before I graft on to them. Maybe next week? IDK...
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