Yesterday, an absolutely fabulous multi-branched Tomcot arrived on Lovell from Raintree.
I carefully planted it in my backyard in a higgily piggily raised bed.
I amended my backyard loam with coarse perlite, sand, leaf litter, and pine bark mulch. I wanted this apricot tree to be pampered— to be well-elevated in a nicely-draining medium. During yesterday’s planting, it was 91 F and sunny. I was sucking water right out of the garden hose.
Today, I finally did my first pass of apricot grafts— all clefts except one saddle. I was fortunate to have on hand some lively and perfectly-sized scionwood provided by fellow forum members.
The Tomcot had enough branches to accomodate all of the scion varieties I obtained this winter… so I grafted them all!
Here is a photo of all of the grafts I set. Left to right: Florilege; Early Blush; OrangeRed; Moniqui; Hesse Weinberger (plumcot); Robada; Lasgerdi Mashad; and Hoyt. If these all take, then I’ll have nine (9) kinds of cots on one tree!
The finished product after some hefty mulching with sprigs of fraser fir and pine bark mulch.