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    I tried grafting for the first time this year. It would be great if some of those Golden Hornet crab apple scions thrive. The fruit is wonderful.

    The veggie garden is looking good and now that the dandelions and fruit blossoms are starting, I hope that this year I have some luck with the honey bee swarm catcher in one of my maple trees.
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    I dont know as if I have seen a rainer, wetter spring as this. A record setting april for rain and it seems we will already have met or exeeded or average for may just in the first week alone here. I'm glad I decided to go the extra mile and plant my apple trees in mounds 6"-1' higher than the ground around it because in some places its under water. I have a pond more than an 1-1/2 acre pond in my front yard 6ft deep, my field to the left of us is a 4 acre pond with a 7ft depth. Something like 12 out of 13 days with rain.

    Nevertheless my 28 newly planted/grafted trees apear to be growing. Of the 28 grafts there are leafs budding out on 24 scions, I had no clue what I should expect for survival rates my first year but if they continue this well I will be thrilled. Mcintosh seems to be the only one that has not budded yet ( which if it fails I'm ok with since I already have a fully mature if declining mcintosh) However since it has already blossomed I am hoping it gets a chance to be pollinated since we have had cold wet days every day since and forcasted for the next 4 days otherwise this years crop could be as bad or worse then last years.

    Spud, I was only able to graft the N. Spy, Red Rome, Cortland, and Liberty but they all apear to have signs of life!
    Karen, I planted a Whitney crab apple I dont know anything about it but I hope it will have some uses besided being a good pollinator.

    Good luck everyone and thanks to all who have helped, this is fun.

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    Looks like Blossoms will be out this week on some verities. I just sprayed yesterday and now we are going to get rain for two days. I may be able to spray again in a few days and beat the blossoms. I stopped feeding the bees this week. My cherry trees have a bunch of open blossoms along with my plum trees. I hope to get the rest of my garden in next week. I have not been in the sugar woods for a month.

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    I was just walking the orchard this morning and i see some of my grafts are taking. I'm no pro at this so it was nice to see I had some success. It appears that some of my trees are taking a year of from production. I may have overcropped a bit last year. All the trees are growing great.

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    I'm so pleased to see some buds opening on a few of my grafts. Since this was my very first attempt at grafting I am thrilled to see that some have taken!
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup

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    Spud,have you ever heard of an apple tree called St. Lawrence? It was my Fatherss favourite. I checked my pear tree I grafted this morning,looks like the buds may be drying out,thought it had taken
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    This tread is fun. I have about 50 apple tress in the ground about 20 this year grafts in pots about 20 last year, and some fails waiting for a redo. Put 20, 3 year old grafts in last week. About half of mine are in production. My main problem is moose in late winter and bear that climb and break branches to get at the apples. Also the million or so pests that try to invade covertly. The wild apples in my area do better than my trees that get much love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce L View Post
    Spud,have you ever heard of an apple tree called St. Lawrence? It was my Fatherss favourite. I checked my pear tree I grafted this morning,looks like the buds may be drying out,thought it had taken
    Bruce< I have never heard of that verity apple. I have heard of the Saint Lawrence Nursery in NY. My friend in Alaska buys a lot of trees from them. They specialize in Zone 3-4 fruit trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleCamp View Post
    This tread is fun. I have about 50 apple tress in the ground about 20 this year grafts in pots about 20 last year, and some fails waiting for a redo. Put 20, 3 year old grafts in last week. About half of mine are in production. My main problem is moose in late winter and bear that climb and break branches to get at the apples. Also the million or so pests that try to invade covertly. The wild apples in my area do better than my trees that get much love.
    I also enjoy this Thread. I'm very thankful to Maple Trader for allowing us to talk Apple trees, Bee's and and other farm related hobbies. I plan to buy 25 B-118 RootStock next year and try my luck on 5 wild apple trees I have on my property that taste great. If I try 5 of each kind maybe one will take.

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    I too have not heard of saint Lawrence apple tree.

    Spud, I think you can expect good results grafting, I grafted 31 trees and so far all but 2 are either clearly growing well or have some growth. Oddly the McIntosh I thought didnt make it a couple weeks ago seem to be doing well. The only ones I have concern for are the ones I had to do cleft grafts on. I may only get a 1 or 2 to take. If that is the case then I will have 26/31, not bad. Possibly 25/27 on splice graft and whip and tounge.

    Maplecamp, are there any real ways to keep out moose and bear or are you at their mercy? Deer here are bad enough problem wouldn't want those.
    2017- 25 taps -built a 2x3 flat pan, and a fuel tank arch for it. 335 gal 7.34gal syrup.

    2016- 15 taps, 4.3gal syrup boiling on cinderblock arch 3 roasting pans, 1 redneck trash can with a pot, and a turkey fryer.

    2015- 4 taps 44 gals of sap made 2.25 gal of lite syrup.

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