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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

July 12, 2009
7:51 PM

Post #6810890

I purchased a grafted tree (from a good grower), but it didn't survive the winter in the greenhouse for some reason - it shriveled and eventually rotted. Last time I looked, though, the root stock was still solid, so it occurred to me - can I cut the graft off and save the bottom?
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

July 12, 2009
8:06 PM

Post #6810924

Kathleen, sorry about your loss! You can definitely cut the scion off and save the bottom root stock. If there are nodes, branches will sprout. If you got a grafted variety from FCN, I think they use seedlings as their root stock so it could end up being a white when it blooms for you, but you never know!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

July 13, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6812177

Done! Root stock looks good and there are a couple of nodes - if I'm identifying them correctly - both at the top and partway down. Yes, it was FCN - a Hilo Red. Thanks, Clare!
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 13, 2009
9:47 AM

Post #6813072

Be sure to let them know, they will replace your Hilo Red for you.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

July 13, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6814375

Really? That's great. Thanks, Hetty, I will contact them.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

July 27, 2009
5:03 AM

Post #6869821

Clare - the root stock has two nodes swelling!

Hetty - FCN sent a replacement as soon as I contacted them! Wish I could give them more business, they are so nice to deal with. :-)
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 27, 2009
10:16 AM

Post #6870117

^_^
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

July 27, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6871512

That's terrific. I agree that Luc and Carol are so great.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

August 2, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6895872

The root from the original plant is leafing out! I love it when something can be saved.

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