[NAFEX] apple rootstocks, southeastern NY
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Fri Oct 22 14:45:18 EDT 2010
There's lots a info out there about rootstocks you can search up, but I have
some extra infopinions you might not find.
First, when a rootstock reference list states a specific sized tree brought
about by a given rootstock it's useful mostly for comparing relative vigor
of the root stocks on the list. Scion variety has equal affect on vigor and
climate and soil are also major issues. Throw in pruning style as well.
Scion will be equally as influential on precocity.
If you plan to grow anything less vigorous than 7 expect to need irrigation
(and support), although 26, once established, with a vigorous scion can
become a self sufficient tree after several years- at least here in the
M7 has a nasty habit of blowing over with it's first heavy crop so you might
want to stake it for at least 7 years- especially on windy sites.
G30 seems to have some unpredictable compatibility issues.
The more dwarfing the rootstock the more susceptible to rodent injury.
Perhaps that should just read that more dwarfing root stocks seem to be more
attractive to rodents.
For home orchards, you don't have to worry too much about relative
productivity or even fruit sizing. 111 is often categorized as a poor
producer but once it starts setting fruit I doubt you'll be disappointed in
The more dwarfing the rootstock the less sooty blotch and fly speck- also,
the less pruning. Even on a per acre basis, dwarf trees will take much,
much less time to prune than those on more vigorous root stocks.
If you want to plant a legacy, plant trees on 111.
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