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Gus starts with ...
Should I always remove all the branches below the graft of an established tree?
Often the rootstock can become very competitive, but surely they need some leaves other than the scions leaves for survival?
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Pauline says...
If it is an established tree it should have plenty of leaves above the graft. So yes.
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lenn says...
Sometimes, on plums, for instance, I leave the rootstock one branch in order to have another pollinator.
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Gus says...
I guess I just thought the rootstock may die if it has no leaves or branches. I thought that a freshly grafted tree should have a branch or two on the rootstock to keep it strong as it unites with the scion?
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Pauline says...
Newly grafter sure, but you are talking about established trees aren't you?
On established trees all they need is what they get from the grafts growth.
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Gus says...
I guess I was trying to make the distinction. Thanks for your help. I have both established tree with new shoots below the graft, which I will now cut off, but in some eggplant grafting that I am about to undertake I became confused as to whether to cut off branches below the graft.
That clears things up!
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BJ says...
Grafting Frankensteins the tree - so the two pieces form one abomination in the eyes of the lord. The leaves at the top feed the roots underground. If your tree is well established but has shoots below the graft, it is okay to let one grow out as long as its not too vigrous and detracts from the genetically superior plant on top. That way you get to see what the rootstock fruit taste like and get pollination benefits. If its not good, chop it off. Letting a single rootstock shoot grow on an established plant should not hurt the grafted section, but it wont help the overall health of the tree in any way.
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John Mc says...
Gus, interested to know what you're grafting the eggplants onto? I've seen more than one type of rootstock, but the propagators here use a tomato as rootstock.

Actually, I took an offshoot growing from the eggplant rootstock, being a tomato. The cutting has turned out to be very vigorous and is in flower already. It'd be interesting to see what cv they use.
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Gus says...
I don't actually know what the root stock is but I believe it is the devils fig?
It is thorny and vigorous and I hope will extend the eggplant season here by a few months
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