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Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:56

There are amongst the old apple varieties, types of apple known as  Burr Knot or Pitcher Apple trees. These produce adventitious roots from Burrs on the branches. Apparently if you "Pitch" a branch, it will root where it lands. This  was a useful method of propagation when the intricacies of bud grafting was not widely known. These hardwood cuttings were a common method of spreading good plants around an area.

From Gloucestershire orchard trust..

"" ‘burr-knot’ or ‘pitcher’ trees. That is they carry blastophores or clusters of adventitious roots on their branches. Historically this type of trees was valued amongst small holders and farmers who hadn’t mastered the skill of grafting which was considered rather a mystical art in times past. The presence of a gene pool of these trees may indicate a remnant manifestation of primitive arboriculture in the area.""

 Has anyone got one of these and successfully rooted hardwood cuttings off of it?

Last edited: 12 August 2017 21:57:18

soft fruit

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:44

Just use a mulch. Compost, well rotted FYM, or even newspaper weighed down with grass cuttings.

Lucifer dying?

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:42

The soil probably need rejuvenating too. When it dies down this year, dig it up. There will be chains of old corms, with the newest one on top. You only want the new corms, (next to the leaves) and discard all the old ones.    Rejuvenate the soil with some compost or well rotted farm yard manure and/or a sprinkling of bonemeal. Replant the best corms a few inches apart.

apples from a pip

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:20

What do they taste like? You can propagate it by grafting on to a rootstock, or another apple tree.  That is how most new varieties are distributed.

Fuschia question

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 20:48

Supposedly they are edible.

Last edited: 12 August 2017 20:49:38

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 19:27

I cut the first kale off of the seedlings I planted out four weeks ago. All this rain and they are growing like crazy. Some of the sweet corn have three cobs on, but not ready  yet. The neighbours are getting fed up with beans I have been giving them.

 I sowed some more radish seed in the garden, and a tray of rocket for salad leaves in the greenhouse.

Over large black currant bushes

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 17:51

You can prune blackcurrant bushes now. I often prune them just after picking the fruit. Take out the oldest stems completely to the ground, reducing the total number of stems by a third.

Then cut out any stems that cross and will rub on others  and let disease in.

Unknown spots of grass

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:20

I think your puppy is weeing on it. The amount of rain we have is washing it in and the nitrogen makes it bright green. If we didn't have a lot of rain, you would get brown dead patches. Try to train your puppy to water in one spot, then flush with plenty of water each day.


Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:17

The ones on the right are earthstars.


Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:11

I would remove a circle of grass around the tree. It will mean that you do not damage the tree bark when you mow, and less competition for water and nutrients to help the tree.  Usually I add bonemeal when plating trees and shrubs as it helps the root system.

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