You can’t have too many branches on ume – or at least I can’t. Getting ume to ramify has proved difficult for me. I made several grafts this year and fortunately most of them took. See “Ume – cutback and grafting” for details about the grafting process. My job now is to help the scions develop. To do this, I cut back the branches onto which the scions have been grafted.
Ume – before cutback
Ume – after cutback
I’ve left the grafting tape in place to keep the scions secure while they are fusing. If the branches continue to grow well, I’ll remove the tape in fall.
Grafting tape holding scion in place
The following photos show the new scions and the original branches onto which they have been grafted. The new shoots look a lot like the old shoots – why have I bothered? The new shoots bear fragrant white flowers – the old shoots, double pink.
Scion on left, original branches on right
Original branch on the left, healthy scion on the right
While I worked on the ume, I noticed both large and small junipers taking shape. Jeff brought in the big juniper below for a tune up.
Getting the tree into place
A much smaller juniper was showing some real progress. The shari had been added to make the trunk more interesting and the branch pads were developing well, showing off the shimpaku foliage to great effect.
Shari – note how the curves exaggerate the natural flow of the trunk
Branch pad showing good ramification
While I was inspecting the shimpaku, Boon called me over to witnes a sap bubble that formed where a shoot was cut on a black pine. Apparently this happens occasionally on hot days.