Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

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Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby Redsonic » January 11th, 2018, 2:57 pm

I thought it was time to start a post on my Jaboticaba which I bought from a nursery in April 2016. I immediately cut the straight trunk off and the first branch became the new leader. No before photos, sorry.

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The tree has bad reverse taper (which I have noted in other Jaboticaba I have seen), so in September 2016, I decided to try thread grafting in a sacrifice branch.

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Three days ago, I finally cut the thread graft on the roots side. I had half ringbarked the donor branch a couple of weeks ago to help the graft adapt. Definitely feeding off the trunk more than the donor branch now:

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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby Redsonic » January 11th, 2018, 3:06 pm

Continued...
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With all the new whips growing, a couple of weeks ago I decided to do more grafting.

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I have had fun learning on this tree, and as you can see my styling skills leave a lot to be desired, but the tree has surprised me with what it will tolerate and also its growth rate (Jaboticabas are supposed to be slow growing). Constructive comments welcome, and thanks for looking.
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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby melbrackstone » January 11th, 2018, 9:04 pm

Impressed that you've had a go at the thread graft a couple of times and not only that, been successful, congrats!

If you can't get that sacrifice branch to do it's job, would you consider a ground layer?
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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby Watto » January 12th, 2018, 7:50 am

Ditto on Mel's comment, congrats on the graft success.
Good detailed progression so thanks for the trouble you have gone too.
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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby Redsonic » January 12th, 2018, 8:12 am

melbrackstone wrote:Impressed that you've had a go at the thread graft a couple of times and not only that, been successful, congrats!

A bit early to say the second one has taken! Ask me again in 18 months :fc:

If you can't get that sacrifice branch to do it's job, would you consider a ground layer?

Yep, a ground layer it would have to be, but I would lose a nice twist in the trunk and not so sure the first bend would remain where I like it.
Thanks for the comments.
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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby melbrackstone » January 12th, 2018, 8:28 am

i was thinking more putting the ground layer at the level of the graft, which should leave the most powerful part of the trunk the start of the lovely curve...
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Re: Long suffering Jaboticaba progression

Postby Redsonic » February 26th, 2018, 9:24 pm

An update on this one. Only a month has passed, but the sacrifice branch is growing well. I thought I would post a photo showing the growth rate of this tree.
On the left, as it was in August last year, just after hard chop. On the right is the tree 10 days ago. Not bad growth in 6 months...

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