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Re: standards


Jim, looks like you're writing short papers for our notebooks now.  Nice
instructions.  For myself I like a natural look, I don't even plant in
containers - but that's more because I'm too lazy to water.  I do realize
stndards command a higher $ - witness all the Hakuro Nishiki Willow
standards going for big bucks around here.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] standards


> Not sure how this would work for the plant in question, but it has
> worked for everything I've tried it on. It usually produces an immature
> standard in 3 years and a mature one in 4.
>
> Start with a tip cutting or seedling. Keep it staked, heavily fed, and
> devoid of side branches. But leave any and all side leaves in
> place--they seem to make the main stem fatter. Tip cuttings grow faster
> than other cuttings, so monitoring and staking is important to keep the
> stem straight.
>
> When the stem reaches the height you want the trunk to be, nip the bud.
> It will then branch like crazy below the truncated tip. What this
> means, actually, is that you have to let the main stem get about a foot
> taller than your ideal trunk to allow for branching.
>
> Finally, most standards will require a fair amount of maintenance
> because they will not be shy about sending out lateral branches at any
> time. Caught early, however, these laterals are easily knocked off--and
> as the trunk gets older, they appear less frequently [I have a Surinam
> cherry standard, for instance, that has not put out a lateral branch on
> the main stem during the last 2 years].
>
> Note: even in small sizes--say, 3 gallon--standards will command a
> higher price than non-standards. The price ratio, I think, is about
> 1.5:1.0
>
> On Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at 11:16 AM, Kitty wrote:
>
> > Sounds nice.  How many years do you think the training would take?
> > From
> > what size plant would you start?  I've never trained a standard.
> >
> > Kitty
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:02 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: blackhaw viburnum
> >
> >
> >> In a message dated 4/27/04 8:34:01 AM, kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> >>
> >> << A std carlesii?  But they don't get all that tall, do they?  Off
> >> the
> > top of
> >> my head, 6-8ft maybe?  Hmmmm.....does have possibilites. >>
> >>
> >> I keep my pruned about 4' so I don't know how much it would go beyond
> > that.
> >> The std I saw had approx 3' stem/trunk and a nice full round on top.
> >> This
> >> would allow plants below so would be ideal for a sm garden.
> >>     Ceres
> >>
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