Hidden Springs Nursery as back up. They were shipped as bare root in November. I heeled them in for the winter and up potted them in February. Both are awake from their slumber.
2015 (The che is on the far left)
This is an expensive and rare fruit tree and very hard to find at any local nurseries so I'd like to have as many clones of it as possible. So instead of pruning it to promote side branching I did an air layer and once it roots take a couple of more cuttings to root. They are related to Figs so maybe they will have the same easy rooting characteristics.
Here's what it looks like today. A long 6 ft whip with one branch at the bottom. Not too sexy in my opinion. I did not want to prune it last year because I wanted it to get established. This year is a different story.
Scraped the bark to give it place for roots to grow from
Slipped over a sandwich bag that has the bottom cut out of it and zipped tied the bottom
I used the same medium I use to root my figs with, Coco coir, HP promix and perlite. Pre moistened
Hopefully in 4-6 weeks the roots will begin to show.
Che Update: 5/9/16 Tiny little fruits are growing. I hear they drop their first season. So I'm not holding my breath
Unripened Che fruit