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Old 04-17-2012, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Was I cheated? Should I be concerned?

I recently purchased some "Seedling" Loquats for grafting stock. They were about four to five feet tall and I assumed they were three to four years old. They came in a three gallon pot and were obviously root bound. I specifically asked the nursery if they were "seedlings" and they said yes.

Today I began the process of repotting which necessitated the removal of the circling roots. I had to trim one inch off all the sides and two inches off the bottom to remove all the mostly dead roots. I began to loosen the rootball and felt roots that were circling deeper in the root ball. I eventually figured the deeper circling roots were from an earlier repot that had been done poorly. They had been grown in a small (about five inch pot) until they were root bound and someone decided to repot them. They did not remove the circling roots and just stuck the root bound root ball in a bigger (three gallon pot) and called it good. By this time I have built up a bit of anger and that is when I found it. This was not a seedling. It was a limb cutting. They took a limb around an inch in caliper and jammed it into something to get roots to form and then its pot life began.

Now I have about one hundred dollars worth of NON SEEDLINGS that I need to graft on to. I have just received my scions for grafting and don't know what I should do. What is the opinion of the masses?

Graft unto the recently butchered rootball that I have repotted and don't worry about it?

Find some real seedlings to graft on?

Hold the scion (refrigerate) till the repots have had time to settle in?

Bang my head against the wall?

Scream and Holler?

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