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FUSING GINKGO?

Post  bekN on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:40 pm

Hi

I was wondering whether it is possible to fuse two young ginkgo plants together thw way you whould do with ficus or a maple ,considering the slow growth and delicate bark.

Does any one has an opinion before i make a futile atempt?

Thanx

Noam

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:27 pm

I see no reason why not. Most trees will self graft, if held firmly together for long enough and I'm sure that some Ginkgo varieties are grafted.

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Thank you

Post  bekN on Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:29 pm

But i guess theres a slight difrence between inserting a graft through the Cambium ,and holding two plants firmly togather .isnt it?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:32 pm

Just time. Self grafting takes a lot longer as it relies on the pressure exerted as the tree swells. That is why they have to be firmly held together. I would wrap with something like raffia and replace it when it rots. That way there should be minimal scarring. You could speed the process by carefully taking off a sliver of bark, with a very sharp blade, on the inside of both trees, so that the cambium layers are in contact all the way up the part you wish to fuse.

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Post  harry dovey on Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:57 pm

I have a fused ginkgo which works well. You dont need to cut through the cambium layer - the best bet is to strap them together with raffia.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:10 pm

I'm sure you don't "need" to strip the bark between the trees, but I suspect that the graft will take a lot faster if you do, because as both trees "heal" themselves the cambium layers will grow together more quickly.

I think I'd use "grip tape" (anti-sweat grip for tennis racket and golf club handles) to hold the trees together.

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Post  John Quinn on Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:34 pm

Interesting...ginkgo doesn't heal scars very well in general.

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Again thank you all

Post  bekN on Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:29 am

Harry ,how long from your experience ,it took the ginkgos to fuse? ,how old where they?

Odely from the few ginkgos i grow ,the largest of them had been trimed havily ,and heald its scars so fast and so nicely ,it resembeled the healing rate of a ficus ,but i live in a warm place,so that could be the reason..

Good day

Noam

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Post  harry dovey on Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:39 pm

Um about five years if you feed them well. Depends how many saplings you use. Also depends on what style you are planning to make. I think that the typical flame style looks the best for ginkgo.

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Post  bekN on Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:21 pm

My saplings are one year old and about 15 cm in length ,do you think i should let them grow a few years more before applying this method?

Do you by any chance have some pictures of the process or of the current view of the plant?

Thank you

Noam

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Post  harry dovey on Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:30 pm

sorry i dont have any pictures but i sugest you let them grow on for another year or so

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Post  harry dovey on Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:42 pm

Here is an example. I have seen it done in demos in bits as you can see on this one. In time they fuse together quite well. I have got another enample but I do not have pictures at the moment. I have done it with maples too.

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Post  bekN on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:17 pm

That will do

Thanx Smile

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Post  harry dovey on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:39 pm



here is a more up to date image

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