Trying to root the Pearmaine Apple
On impluse I bought a couple of items from Territorial Seed as well as the ground cover. One was a garlic twister that was supposed to take of the skin and then crush and mince the garlic. Perhaps if I worked out or was twenty years younger, it could work, but I put a clove of garlic in, tried twisting and couldn't get it to budge. I think with a vise and a wrench I could get it to work, but they aren't a part of my kitchen equipment, so I consider that buy a loss.
The other impulse buy was some rooting gel that has all the necessary hormones and the right ph for rooting soft wood plants, like flowers or house plants. My experiment with the gel is less likely to work, but I thought it was worth a try. In spring, a friend tried grafting the Pearmaine Apple onto some volunteer stock in the garden. I was so hopeful it would work, but neither one of the grafts took. So I took some of the soft new growth from the Pearmaine and have put it in the gel where it hasn't wilted, which is a good sign, but where no signs of rooting have appeared, which isn't so good. I just tried this week so it's early yet and there's hope.
The idea behind this product is a good one. The containers are sealed and you puncture just a small hole to put the stem in and the gel can be reused.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 24, 2010 8:45 AM