I’m pretty sure I stripped too much of the green bark off the scion as I passed it through the trunk. I looked at it the next day and noticed some shredding along the scion, so I wrapped it with Parafilm in an attempt to preserve it, but to no avail. A month later and the wrapped scion was still a leafless twig.
So we move to plan B….or C.
Plan B is to dig it up and try thread-grafting again with one of the new shoots currently growing. Digging it will help me get a better angle with the drill…to drill it in the ground, I had to dig a hole! It will also give me a chance to work the nebari and get it ready for a pot.
For now, I wired the new apex upward, and pruned the closest shoot back to one pair to encourage ramification in close to the next section of trunk so I don’t have the same problem with the second branch as I do on the first.
Fast forward another 2 weeks…
This may be the last of this year’s work. Next year, it will probably move to a training pot to develop some primary branches.
Next week, we take a look at an epic fail…