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?
Graft failed, what about the root stock?
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!
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!
Be sure to let them know, they will replace your Hilo Red for you.
Really? That's great. Thanks, Hetty, I will contact them.
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. :-)
The root from the original plant is leafing out! I love it when something can be saved.