Most of the trees in our orchard are probably about 100 years old. As they are coming to the end of their lifespan they will soon need to be replaced. So my significant other has embarked on a project to replace some of our existing trees.
Pears for your heirs He has begun with the pear trees. He started off by sourcing scion material from pear trees in a 10 mile radius around here on both sides of the Tay. Then grafted these scions onto Pyrus Communis rootstock. No mere task….. it took weeks of planning and preparing as the scions had to be collected before the pear trees came into bud. Then the scions were stored awaiting the arrival of the rootstock and the exit of the frosty weather. He had ordered 300 rootstock and it took him 5 days to do all the grafting. We were still getting quite cool nights so he put them into the greenhouse to keep them cosy…….
They are still there……..