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[nafex] apricot shock treatment
Early this spring I dug and stored 14 two to three year old manchurian
apricots for grafting. A generous Nafexer sent me a number of hardy
varieties to graft, so I top grafted the now potted apricots. The wood
looked quite healthy. I kept them in a warm environment as instructed. 3 of
the 14 plants leafed out, with a success on those of only 2 grafts, a big
disapointment. Eventually I moved the potted apricots outdoors, and figured
they were all mysteriously dead and ready to dump them.
Problem is, there is still green anywhere I thumb scratch the bark. And I
just saw the barest sign of a leaf showing on one. The temp is now 65-70. Do
they need some kind of shock treatment like is done for seeds to break their
strange dormancy? The 3 that did leaf out look fine with 3" of growth. Mn.
Del, dreaming of apricot jam.
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