Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Raising hundred kids must be easier than growing a few acres of Candycot trees!

Wow, what a labor intensive process growing these candycots has been! It's been several weeks since the crew budded the first batch of candycots onto the rootstocks.

Since then, it has been a constant process of progressively cutting back the rootstock and encouraging the new buds. The buds were much slower in starting to grow than we were expecting causing a great deal of anxiety, but we are finally seeing some results. 

Some buds are still very tiny and just starting, but others have a few inches of growth. It is too early to determine what percent have been successfully budded, but we think and hope will be in the 80 to 90% range. 

The trees on which the buds do not "take" will continue to grow as rootstocks and we will dormant bud them this winter.

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