I decided to combine a couple of activities. I noticed that I have a shortage of apple seedlings to graft over. I also noticed that Sweet Sixteen is an exemplary mother. The trees sometimes have excessive spurry wood on them, but a significant percentage seem to carry the Sweet Sixteen aromatics. Those aromatics originated in Northern Spy.
|The south end of the future asparagus bed|
|10 gallons of windfall Sweet Sixteen. Possible pollen parents include GoldRush, Liberty and some Jonafree seedlings.|
|Spread on the ground.|
Add water and wait.
I am also short of pear rootstock, so I am pondering potential parents. So far (Harrow Sweet X Mustafabey) and (Potomac X Olympic) are the leading contenders.