Root stock

  • Posted by Kdtexas on August 31, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I have a peach tree that is not thriving due to weather here in Houston; I noticed today new growth is coming up from the root stock: should I remove that new growth? It is a young tree that bloomed and produced about 10 peaches that did not mature due to wildlife and weather.

    I do not know what type of tree the root stock is.

    Thank you for your response

    Wingard_MT replied 1 year, 7 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • DavidTheGood

    September 1, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Depends. If the tree is NOT dead above the graft, and you want to keep the variety, cut off that root stock growth, otherwise it will overwhelm the variety. Rootstocks are rarely good fruit producers as they are bred for vigor and cold/disease resistance, etc., not for fruit.

    If the top of the tree is dead or you want to graft on a new variety, you can simply let that root stock grow for now and graft it right before it breaks dormancy in the spring. It’s very easy to graft.

    • Wingard_MT

      September 1, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Very helpful thanks! I have a 3 year old apricot tree nicely grown trunk, all branches were groomed and it bloomed in early summer only to be accidently cut (hubs weed wacker grrrr) and everything above the wound died. Not sure it will heal over but new growth was below the wound and i kept it for now. This answer was a prayer answered woohoo!

  • Kdtexas

    September 1, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Do appreciate this information David: thanks a million bit coins!!

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