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Tree production in the field

The cycle of production normally is between 2 and 6 years depending on the speed of growth, the height at time of sale, and whether grafting or budding is necessary. Some trees are transplanted twice or three times to improve the root structure prior to sale to ensure that the plants are never pot-bound. Tree rootstocks lined out in the field budded during August.

Maiden growth on crab apples following JulyTwo-year-old seedling rootstocks of the parent species (cherry, apple, Mountain ash etc.) are planted out in March and budded close to the ground in August. The following spring the new buds grow away and the old rootstock headed back to just above the new bud growth. The cycle of production normally is between 2 and 6 years depending on the speed of growth, the height at time of sale, and whether grafting or budding is necessary.

Grafting

Also known as summer budding, grafting is a technique for cloning flowering or fruit trees that gives the young maiden growth strong vigour in the first year to form a stem. We use it when other types of propagation such as seed or cuttings are uneconomic or just plain difficult.

Lifting

Lifting in winter Lifting trees starts in November and continues through to March. At this stage they are sold to nurseries or planting contractors for growing on and selected specimens at different sizes are potted and for sale to the public right throughout the year.
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